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Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:56 pm
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jackson push back against Monta Ellis trade rumors. Posted by Ben Golliver. monta-ellis

The cat is out of the bag.'s Ken Berger reported that the Golden State Warriors are interested in moving guard Monta Ellis, engaging in trade talks with multiple teams.

While he admits that his team has engaged in trade talks this summer, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob pushed back against the rumors in an interview with the San Jose Mercury-News.
"There’s a tremendous amount of speculation in the press, and I can’t believe where all this is coming from… because the stories are completely fabricated, by you or whoever. I don’t know who’s fabricating them. 

"They’re fabrications, complete and utter. All these teams that supposedly have talked to us. It’s not true. It’s just not true.

"I’m not saying we haven’t had any discussions, we have. But it’s nothing like what’s being reported."
Lacob went on to say: "We all really like Monta Ellis a lot. We think he's a great player." He then acknowledged that whether there was a player that was a better fit is an open question and predicted that Ellis wouldn't be traded.

Meanwhile, reports that Mark Jackson, hired to coach the Warriors this week, gave a similar message.
"The trades that have been discussed, I do not want to trade Monta Ellis - I want Monta Ellis to be in a Warriors uniform. Now if you told me we're trading Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard, I would hug Monta Ellis, tell him how much I appreciate him, and then make the deal. And I'm sure Monta Ellis would do the same thing: if you were trading me for Magic Johnson, make the trade."
Let's unpack these quotes. 

The owner is shocked that the media would speculate when he openly admits to trade talks including his near All-Star caliber player. Okay... Welcome to the NBA.

Both the owner and the coach like the player's game and want the player to stay ... unless he could bring back a better player or a better fit in trade. 

The Warriors did what they needed to do here: Show a public support of Ellis in the midst of the rumors. He's on your roster and he's your guy until the trade is approved by the league office. There's always a chance he isn't traded, and you don't want him to feel burned by the process. 

Despite that, they didn't do much to dispel the idea that he will be gone next year. Both Jacob and Jackson made it clear that Ellis is eminently tradeable. Indirectly, they poured even more fuel on the fire by publicly aknowledging that his fit is questionable when pressed about his future. A trade makes too much sense not to happen. This one feels like it just comes down to settling on the right price.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:19 pm

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

people forget Jordon didn't win his first 7 years in the league until they got pippen, pierce didnt win for 10 years until they got garnett and allen, Kobe didnt win until they got shaq and then gasol  Monte needs help just like they did.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:43 am

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

The warriors are 2-3 players away if they don't break up this team what are you smoking? ask any team in the league if they wanted to play the warriors down the stretch with the playoffs on the line......and i guarantee you they dont want to play us because we have bunch of players that just dont give up....Starting with MONTE ELLIS the guy is the ultimate warrior plays play hard every second he is on the floor and you want to trade him?   i guess Kidd 6'4 and Berea 5'6 are a big backcourt right? i'll take curry and monte anyday of the week

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:34 am

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Will someone please list all these teams with big backcourts in the you can see how silly this argument is....2 inches does it really matter?

hit the weights and if curry hadn't got hurt playing for the usa team we wouldn't be so worried if he is healthy and healed and people forget he had surgury.
monte is healthy .....curry isn't

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:58 pm

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Ellis has what Batum never will, killer instinct.  These playoffs have if nothing else, showed the importance of that instinct coupled with good, team basketball.  Portland will go nowhere soon sandbagging players with 'potential'....what we need a few MORE years to see what he'll turn into?  Please...

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 11:44 am

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

hahahahaha - Warriors suck.   They have always sucked and will continue to suck.  It doesn't matter who stays and who leaves this garbage team - they are going to be terrible.  They are just one of those teams that are never going to win a championship.  I wish they would leave the bay area so we could stop being embarrassed by them.  They couldn't even sell the team right.  Larry had a chance to buy them and bid the most money, had the money to make it a championship, had what it took to be successful, but NO - sell it to yet another group that has no money and no idea what a championship team looks like (outside of watching the NBA finals).  The goal of this team will be to get to the first round of the NBA playoffs.  Mission accomplished - let's go home.  This team sucks even worse now under the new owners.  They don't have the money, they don't have a clue, they hire a puppet advisor (West) who will get no say - he's only there to get ticket sales up for next year(with false promise of bringing in NBA quality players).  They are the JOKE of the NBA!

To say that they are two players away from a championship caliber team is a huge joke.  What team isn't a Michael - Scotty away?! 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:01 am

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

"maybe other teams started these rumors because they fear that the warriors are a couple players away from being a very good team"

What kind of nonsense is that? Other teams?  Fear the Warriors? Are drugs involved with that statement?

The owner said they are trying to trade Ellis. Period. That gives the media reason to make up stories. But why would other teams care, even if they like Ellis or some other player.

No team wants a deal in the wind because other teams would know and could try to make a better offer.

But because they "fear" what the Warriors could become? Heck no!

No one fears the Warriors with a coach that has never been a coach anywhere. Love Mark as a player and he is OK as a talking head, but please be real.

No team fears a team that does such a poor job of getting the most out of the talent they have. Most Warrior players do one thing well and almost nothing else. And Don Nelson did everything he could make things worse so he could be fired and collect the rest of his contract for doing nothing.

No team fears a unit that does not play defense and has little rebounding. That team is still living on upsetting the Mavericks in 07 where Nelson knew weakness the Mavs had because he had been the coach there 18 months before.

If the Warriors could add Dwight Howard and Iguodala for a bag of beans, then other teams could fear them. But they would still have to learn how to play D.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 5:07 pm

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Batum is Mr. Potential. He has no killer imstinct and seems to be a babe in the woods a lot of time. He needs to get his butt in gear this year. This deal coulld get done trading Miller's contract and another plater along with Rudy. If we can get a guard of this cliber I would make the move and give up Batum. Batum is not going to start over Wallace.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 4:23 am

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Did you ever think that maybe other teams started these rumors because they fear that the warriors are a couple players away from being a very good team and the fact that Larry Riley has a thing for trading players and getting nothing in return?
If they get the wing defender in the draft that they desperately need and sign a big center in the off season the warriors will be a playoff team. Sign AK47 and we go for sure.

And will the real Andris Beitrins please show up next year!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2011 1:16 am

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Monta Ellis will be coming to Portland. Owner Paul Allen wants him and despite only having an interim GM, the Blazers will get him. Unfortunately, it will cost them a good player in Nick Batum, who Paul Allen is dumb enough to sacrifice. I like Ellis, but not at that cost.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 10:18 pm

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

There is a lot of young talent on the Warriors. While Ellis is definitely a very fine young player, GS needs a stronger presence in the paint. Their decision about Ellis will undoubtedly be influenced in part by what they are able to do in the draft later this month.

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