July 02, 2008
Another option at point guard could be emerging for the New York Knicks, although it is surely a long shot. Monta Ellis, the Golden State Warriors' gifted young guard, is also a free agent and is believed to have an interest in the Knicks. But there are several obstacles.
The Knicks are over the salary cap and would have to acquire Ellis — who could command about $10 million a year — in a sign-and-trade deal. Also, committing to a contract of that size would conflict with the Knicks' stated goal of saving cap space for 2010. Finally, Ellis is a favorite of Warriors General Manager Chris Mullin, who is determined to keep him — particularly in light of the Warriors losing Baron Davis. Ellis's agent, Jeff Fried, declined to discuss his client's intentions.
"We're in the midst of some meaningful discussions, and Monta is extremely interested in being part of a team that has the growth potential and solid foundation that is consistent with his own game and character," Fried said Tuesday.