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.