The Dallas Mavericks have struck a free-agent deal with guard Monta Ellis, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks and Ellis have agreed to terms on a three-year deal that—depending on where Dallas ends up in terms of salary-cap space as it works on a number of deals—could rise to as high as $30 million.
The deal, at the minimum, will be in the $25 million range, sources said.
The 27-year-old Ellis turned down $11 million in June, choosing instead to opt out of the last year of his deal with the Milwaukee Bucks and test free agency.
Ellis joins point guard Jose Calderon and former Mavericks guard Devin Harris as free-agent signees in Dallas’ overhauled backcourt.
In his 2012-13 campaign Ellis had one of his worst seasons of his NBA career. He averaged 19.2 points (lowest full-season average since 2008-09) on 41.6 percent shooting (lowest since 05-06) and 28.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc (lowest since 07-08).
Larry Sanders scored 17 points, took 11 rebounds and blocked two blocks during the Bucks loss to the Wizards Wednesday night. Late in the 4th quarter, Sanders was called for an offensive foul when John Wall stepped in to take a charge. Sanders got animated and argued the call which earned him two technical fouls and an ejection. Sanders laughed and gave all three referees the thumbs up on his way to the locker room. Not only did Sanders willingly leave the court, but he smiled and gave the referees a positive hand gesture.
Sacramento Kings bad boy DeMarcus Cousins remains the most talented loose cannon in the NBA. During the third quarter of Sunday’s Kings – Bucks game, Mike Dunleavy Jr. tried to box out DeMarcus Cousins. Dunleavy got low and it resulted in him taking Cousins, Drew Gooden and Jason Thompson to the ground. Cousins rolled around in pain before jumping up looking for the culprit. Cousins needed to be escorted back to the bench where he could calm down.
Too bad nobody can tame the beast that is DeMarcus. He continued to stew on the bench during the timeout. When the teams went back to the floor, Cousins went up to Dunleavy to tell him what was on his mind.
This resulted in a double technical foul. Seconds later the ball was inbounded, Dunleavy and Cousins got “tangled” up and Cousins hit Dunleavy with an elbow in the back of the head. He was tossed after that.
The ejection was his league-leading third. At the time of the ejection, Cousins had 24 points on just 12 shots to go along with 10 rebounds.