June 16, 2011
There's been lots of talk in the past few weeks about the availability of Golden State Warriors point guard Monta Elllis via trade. Plenty of teams seemed to be interested. And why not? The guy averaged 24.1 points and 5.6 assists per game last season.
Well, Warriors general manager Larry Riley finally had to put an end to all the speculation about Ellis. He told Sports Illustrated, "We are not shopping Monta Ellis(notes). It is business as usual here. I think you have to look at what just happened in the Finals -- it seemed like Dallas played pretty small guards throughout that series with Miami and did a pretty good job of it. Our problem is not the small backcourt [of Ellis and Stephen Curry(notes)]. Our problem is defense."
So don't expect Ellis to be wearing your team's jersey next season -- unless, of course, you're a Warriors fan.