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The Monta Ellis era in Dallas has come to an end. The 29-year old had another good year averaging a team-high 18.9 points and 4.1 assists per game while leading the team to the postseason in a tough Western Conference, but he feels that he is worth more than what the Mavs are going to be able to offer him.
Ellis will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he is expected to have multiple teams calling for his services. Via Star-Telegram:
More importantly, the Mavs have decided they will not attempt to re-sign Ellis, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Mavs may also attempt to use Ellis in a sign-and-trade scenario, the source said.
Ellis was slated to earn $8.7 million next season in the last year of a three-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Mavs in the summer of 2013. However, since the Mavs signed Chandler Parsons to a three-year, $46 million deal last summer, sources close to Ellis believes he feels he’s worth at least that if not more, and that’s why he wanted to test the free agent market.