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David Lee and Monta Ellis not getting along?

Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 4:19 pm
Posted by Royce Young

With Monta Ellis's name coming up quite often in trade discussions, most saw the reason being that the Warriors were looking to build a more traditional back court, get better defensively and hand over the primary scoring duties to Stephen Curry.

Maybe there's a different, darker reason.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Ellis and power forward David Lee aren't really best friends. That could be the motivation for moving Ellis.
"Lee remains one of Joe Lacob's favorite players and I'm told Lee has made sure that Lacob knows how much he appreciates their close relationship. Meanwhile, Lee and Ellis are not close pals -- one source indicates that Ellis at one point last season informed coach Keith Smart that, if possible, he wanted no part of being around Lee, except on the court."
Lee was just signed to a big-time contract last summer and he's pals with the owner, so he's not going anywhere. So if Ellis is clashing with Lee, the front office could be just trying to offload a potential locker room issue.

That's definitely not the ONLY reason for it because the Warriors are looking to get better, but when two of your best players aren't getting along, it can help make up your mind on a deal.


Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:01 am

David Lee and Monta Ellis not getting along?

david lee says all the right things but just doesn't understand team defense.... personally i think he is a overpriced phony.... ellis leaves it on the court, lee puts up a good show but nowhere near the ball when it counts ....he's not a go to guy in crunch time... now ellis is a gamer nobody in the NBA plays harder than he does.

Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:53 pm

David Lee and Monta Ellis not getting along?

Ellis will never be on a winning team. He looks for his own before others. He is one of the top 5 scores in the League though and definitely one of the funnest players to watch. I don't think David Lee is a player to build a franchise around either though!! The Warriors best hope for next year is (NO LOCKOUT is best obviously but after that) 8th seed in playoffs!!

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:01 pm

David Lee and Monta Ellis not getting along?

And the other reason is...Ellis looks to shoot first, rather than pass, because he wants to be the top dog!

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