Sources: Monte Ellis has told Bucks he is opting out of the 1-year, $11 million left on his contract. Will become coveted free agent
ESPN.com "Monta Ellis has informed the Milwaukee Bucks that he will opt out of the last year of his deal, according to league sources. Ellis, who had one year, $11 million left on his contract, will become one of the most coveted free agents on the market this summer. Sources say the Atlanta Hawks,..." June 17
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta Ellis will take the first step in the Milwaukee Bucks’ free agent dance when he decides whether to opt in for the final year of his contract or become an unrestricted free agent. Ellis and his agent Jeffrey Fried face a June 20 deadline to make their decision. Ellis is owed $11 million..." June 07
Monta Ellis' potential interest in joining @SacramentoKings as a FA became much stronger with hiring of Mike Malone as coach, source told Y!
And a free-agent rumble: There's a rising belief in exec circles that Bucks prefer to re-sign Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings this summer
CBSSports.com "The Milwaukee Bucks' search for a head coach has emphasized strong-willed candidates who would be able to control the locker room. Now we know why. Monta Ellis and Larry Sanders nearly came to blows in the locker room after Game 3 of Milwaukee's first-round sweep at the hands of defending..." May 09
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta Ellis was part of an eighth-seeded team that stunned a heavily favored top seed during the 2007 NBA playoffs. That was the last time Ellis reached the post-season as a member of the Golden State Warriors team that knocked out the Dallas Mavericks, 4-2, in a memorable first-round..." April 20
Racine Journal-Times "As the Milwaukee Bucks season winds down, it appears Monta Ellis’ days in a Bucks uniform are numbered as well. At least, that’s the prevailing sentiment of some Ellis acquaintances. They claim Ellis, the Bucks’ potent-scoring guard, has indicated to them that he intends on opting out of his..." April 13
Bucks guard Monta Ellis was sick and stayed at hotel this morning but may play Friday night at Indiana. Ellis has started every game.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It was a torturous struggle for the Bucks in their St. Patrick's Day matinee with the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee kept trying to trim Orlando's lead but failing to stop an efficient Magic offense. Then the Monta Explosion happened. Monta Ellis scored 25 points in the fourth quarter and 19 in..." March 18
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta Ellis simply took over in the fourth quarter. Refusing to let the Bucks lose, Ellis scored 25 of his game-high 39 points in the final period, lifting Milwaukee to a 115-109 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks (33-32) had only..." March 17
San Francisco Chronicle "Monta Ellis proved as elusive as ever. The scoring dynamo did his best to avoid reporters after Saturday's morning shootaround in San Francisco and then spent the evening dancing around Warriors defenders in Oakland as he returned to the Bay Area and led Milwaukee to a 103-93 victory. Ellis..." March 10
Fox Sports Wisconsin "Bucks guard Monta Ellis has been named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Leading the Bucks to three wins, Ellis averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game, including hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Houston on Wednesday...." March 05
Fox Sports Wisconsin "Monta Ellis just ran. He didn't even see the fortuitous bounce that sunk his buzzer beating 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 110-107 victory in Houston on Wednesday night. With Brandon Jennings stuck near the sideline and cut off by Jeremy Lin, Ellis popped up to bail him out. Catching the ball..." February 28
Brew Hoop "Your ticket to amazing indeed. What can we honestly say about the Milwaukee Bucks buzzer beating 110-107 win over the Houston Rockets that does the drama justice? That the game's winning shot came off the fingers of Monta Ellis (27 pts, 9-24 fg, 7-11 ft, 13 asts, 6 rbs, 6 stls), a 23.2%..." February 28
Brew Hoop "To borrow a turn of phrase from former NBA player and current Grantland contributor Jalen Rose, everyone is here to either add, subtract, multiply or divide. He was referring to the dynamics in NBA entourages, but I think it applies to the Bucks in this moment. John Hammond made a bold move before..." February 28
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta Ellis never doubted it for a second. And the Milwaukee Bucks guard had less than a second remaining when he tossed up an off-balance 27-foot shot that twirled around and nearly bounced out before settling back in the net, beating the buzzer and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday..." February 28
Fox Sports Wisconsin "The Milwaukee Bucks were tired of losing close games. They just needed somebody to step up and slam the door. Tuesday night in Dallas, Monta Ellis did just that. Playing point guard down the stretch, Ellis put together one of his best performances of the season on both ends of the..." February 27
A possible Bucks deal for Josh Smith is "unlikely" to include Monta Ellis, league source tells @CBSSports. As of now, no deal in place.
Sources insist Bucks not trading Monte Ellis to ATL in JSmith deal
Hawks, Bucks seriously talking on Josh Smith deal, sources tell Y! Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh among players discussed for Smith, Devin Harris.
Josh Smith would like to play w/Monte Ellis & Brandon Jennings so Bucks trying to make trade w/out giving up Ellis.
Brew Hoop "The Josh Smith-to-Milwaukee rumors just won't go away. The Bucks are among a half-dozen teams chasing Atlanta's high-flying forward, and if ESPN's Chris Broussard is to be believed, Smith appears open to the idea of packing his bags for the city he once claimed had "nothing to..." February 20
Im told Monte Ellis's name is coming up in discussions btwn Milwaukee & ATL in potential Josh Smith deal.
SB Nation "The Atlanta Hawks have expressed interest in trading Josh Smith for Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. The Hawks would look to pair Ellis alongside point guard Jeff Teague, who is having a career year at 15.2 points and 6.9 assists per game. For the Bucks, this would..." February 19
Bucks willing to move Ellis bc he turned down Milwaukee's 2-yr contract extension. Ellis wanted to play out the season.
Monta Ellis missed practice today because he was in a minor fender bender. Boylan said he's alright thought.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta Ellis says he's not thinking about his contract or where he will be next season. And the Milwaukee Bucks clearly hope that's the case. The Bucks need Ellis playing at a high level if they want to hold their current eighth playoff position or move up a notch or two in the final 33 games..." February 11
Fox Sports Wisconsin "Filling the box score in nearly every category, Bucks guard Monta Ellis has been named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week. It's the third Player of the Week honor in Ellis' career but his first with the Bucks. With Golden State, Ellis was the Western Conference Player of the Week for..." January 01
Courier-Post "Jason Richardson implored the crowd to get loud, to get into the game. The Sixers made it easy for them. Philadelphia surged from a 16-point second-half deficit to take a slim fourth-quarter lead before losing 105-96 to the Milwaukee Bucks before 15,086 on Monday night at the Wells Fargo..." November 13
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It's clear the Milwaukee Bucks were hesitant to trade center Andrew Bogut last season despite his injury history. General manager John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles knew the value of a savvy 7-foot center who blocked shots and took charges, when he was healthy enough to be on the floor. So..." October 07
Brew Hoop "In case you didn't know, the Milwaukee Bucks are counting on Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to carry a big scoring load in the 2012-13 NBA season. With everything quiet on the free agent front and nothing but backups to choose from at this point, that duo will definitely be featured this fall...." July 26
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It was a game the Milwaukee Bucks had to win, but they just couldn't put away the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. At least not until Monta Ellis decided to take over. The Bucks' newly acquired guard hit all eight of his shots in the final 4 minutes, 32 seconds and scored his..." April 05
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta Ellis was so far in the dumps after the New York game, his body language so telling, that Scott Skiles felt compelled to have a talk Tuesday with the newest Buck. "He's a little down right now because his shot isn't going in for him," the coach said. "I told him he's too good a player to..." March 28
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Monta's big night went off without a hitch. The Milwaukee Bucks guard made a winning debut with his new team Friday night, and Golden State fans saluted him with a genuine show of affection. Now comes the difficult part. Last week's trade that brought Monta Ellis to the Bucks and sent..." March 18
San Francisco Chronicle "Golden State owner Joe Lacob set the tone for a night that was as much about a heartfelt tribute to Monta Ellis as it was about the Warriors' 120-98 loss to Milwaukee. "I'm getting chills talking about (Ellis) right now," Lacob said two hours before the game. "He's one of my favorite players in..." March 17
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Bucks always have two agendas when they make a blockbuster trade like they did earlier this week. They have to decide what is best for them right now, in the moment. That is John Hammond's responsibility. By all practical appearances, he did that with the Monta Ellis-Andrew Bogut move that..." March 16
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The toughest part of this trade so far might just be the air time. Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh had just flown in from California on Wednesday, arriving in Milwaukee in the early afternoon after the news of their trade, a virtually sleepless Tuesday night and a mad dash to the airport. They..." March 15
San Francisco Chronicle "On a night the Warriors traded one half of their starting backcourt, the other half hinted that he might be done for the season, too. Stephen Curry, who has severely sprained his surgically repaired right ankle four times and had a problem with his right foot, didn't play in Tuesday's 115-99..." March 14
Oakland Tribune "As usual, the ball was in the hands of Monta Ellis with the game on the line. But this time, Ellis was matched up against his nemesis, Phoenix small forward Grant Hill. Ellis dribbled hard down the right side of the lane, pivoted away from the basket and pulled up for a turnaround fadeaway over..." February 23
San Francisco Chronicle "Remember where you were. If history truly does predict the future, this might not happen again for a while. Monta Ellis scored a game-high 26 points, including a difficult shot with one second remaining as the Warriors beat Phoenix 106-104 on Wednesday night at the US Airways Center. It..." February 23
San Francisco Chronicle "Monta Ellis needed this one. The dynamic scorer failed in his first five chances to tie or win a game in the closing seconds this season, but coach Mark Jackson called Ellis' number again Wednesday night. This time the 6-foot-3, 185-pound dervish made a twisting and fading jumper over..." February 23
San Francisco Chronicle "Warriors head coach Mark Jackson says Patrick Ewing would need to come out of retirement for center Andris Biedrins to lose his starting job. What do you know? It happened. Or, at least Ekpe Udoh masqueraded as the Hall of Fame center in his first start of the season. Udoh played his..." February 21
Oakland Tribune "His is still the last name heard when lineups are announced, he is still the last of the Warriors to step onto the basketball court, and his annual salary remains a gaudy $11 million. Monta Ellis continues to get the trappings of star treatment from his employers, who market the veteran..." February 17
San Francisco Chronicle "He had done it enough times for them this season, so Monta Ellis' teammates didn't have any problem picking him up Monday night. On a rare night when Ellis didn't give the Warriors efficient scoring, turn playmaker or make an impact on defense, David Lee and the reserves found a way to knock..." February 14
Oakland Tribune "Monta Ellis had 33 points, seven assists and five rebounds as the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 106-97 at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Golden State has won five of its past eight games. Four of those were against winning teams. The Warriors (10-14) head into Monday night's game against..." February 13
San Francisco Chronicle "Monta Ellis did what he always does. He sat at his locker before Thursday night's game, staring off at nothing in particular. He suited up in silence, donned his blaring headphones as he stretched, and then headed to the Pepsi Center floor to find another helpless defender. If Ellis was..." February 10
Oakland Tribune "It's becoming an annual tradition. In early February, the water coolers around the Bay Area are held up by people debating over one question: should Monta Ellis be an All-Star? This figures to be Ellis' best chance ever thanks to a few breaks. Some of his biggest competition in previous years..." February 04
San Francisco Chronicle "When Monta Ellis paid a surprise visit Thursday to "KJ," an Oakland teen who was shot last month, the Warriors shooting guard promised to buy him tickets for today's game but wouldn't guarantee a 40-point showcase against Oklahoma City. One of the league's most dynamic scorers the past three..." January 27
Oakland Tribune "In the Warriors' grasp was the winning trip they desperately needed. Confidence, momentum, a chance to creep closer to .500 -- it was all within their reach. But Golden State allowed an Eastern Conference doormat to snatch it away. Wednesday's 107-100 loss to the New Jersey Nets sent the..." January 19