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Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:50 am
Edited on: March 1, 2012 11:16 am
Monta Howard is rumored to be targeted by the Magic. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

ESPN reports that the Magic are not only trying to keep Dwight Howard with this Magic team, they're trying to improve the one they have. 
The Orlando Magic have reached out to the Golden State Warriors about trading for Monta Ellis, according to league sources.No deal is imminent, but Orlando is trying to add Ellis to its roster in hopes of appeasing Dwight Howard. Rather than aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard before the March 15 deadline, the Magic are desperately seeking a move that will convince Howard he can stay in Orlando.
via Source -- Orlando Magic reach out to Golden State Warriors about Monta Ellis trade - ESPN.

ESPN notes that the Warriors are essentially "meh" on the idea, so Orlando's having to pull in a third team. That's the theme of this year, really. The Magic have laden themselves with such terrible contracts they only have Ryan Anderson to move in a potentially big deal, but he's not a star, isn't a veteran, and if they lose Howard, they desperately need to keep him. So they not only have to find a third team, but they have to find a third team interested in the poor trade pieces they have, whether it's Glen Davis, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and his monster contract, or Jameer Nelson.

That won't be easy.

Ellis and Howard would be a great fit, though. Ellis can create off the dribble and score in bunches, which would make life easier for Howard. He's a remarkably good post-up guard, and can create some assists in the right situation. Defense is always the question, but Stan Van Gundy could probably work some magic there like he has with so many. But is Ellis enough to get Howard to stay? That's always the question and the more desperate Orlando becomes to keep Howard, the worse their odds become, you would think.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:42 am

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

If howard says he wants nash then you go for nash but ellis is a nice fall back option

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:00 am

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

@holeinmysoul & @ganja

Something else to consider (outside of the fact that the roster indeed does NOT stink) is that Dwight, even though a force in this league, has also costed the Magic a TON of gaames with his free throw shooting.  A Gasol or Bynum involved trade, if not both, would get them high quality minutes and good free throw shooting in addition to the three point threats on the perimeter.  Both Gasol and Bynum are great rebounders and they command double teams.  Think about it, they could occupy the court at the same time when Ryan Anderson needs a break (another great player on this team).  Think Nash would take a slight pay cut to join THAT roster as a free agent over Dallas???  In a heartbeat!

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

@Ganja -
Are you sure that it's not you who's been smokin' the chronic? Yes, there are some bad contracts on this team, but to say the roster stinks is just nonsense. That stinky roster only has the fourth best record in the east, 6th best in the league.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:05 am

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

I've been a fan of the Warriors for 40 years. The W's would trade Monta in the right deal.<br />Why? He and Curry are not a good fit defensively and never will be. Curry is more valuable.<br />Monta tends to dominate the ball while everybody stand and watches. Without him ball<br />movement is much better. He jacks up 20+ shots per night to get his stats.<br /><br />What do the Warriors need? Well someone not named Biedrins playing Center. The <br />problem is the Warriors new owner wants too much for Monta. He wants the perfect deal<br />and most likely over values him. They are selling out every night so why rock the boat?<br />For instance he does not think B.Lopez is enough. Comical.<br /><br />My idea was to go after an injured C like Bogut. Ship Monta to Orlando and send a care<br />package to the Bucks. They could also send S.Jackson to Orlando and do Skiles a favor.<br /><br />Warriors-Bogut<br />Orlando-Monta/S.Jackson<br />Bucks-Anderson/Big Baby/Redick/Orton/#1<br /><br />This would also help the Warriors keep their pick in a very strong draft.<br /><br />

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:49 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

If this was even truly proposed I am certain it was a short phone call with a ton of laughing from the Warriors end. The only way this happens is if they trade Dwight Howard. They may want to move Ellis but they are not going to move him for Hedo Turkoglu or any of the other names on this roster. That's the problem in Orlando right now, the roster stinks, is loaded with bad contracts and bad players. Whoever thought this was a good lineup was smokin some serious medical grade stuff. It begins with Jameer Nelson and ends with Big Baby and Tuarkoglu's horrible contract. I'm not even oging to talk about Richardson or Carter.

Honestly I dont know how they can get Steve Nash either. Dallas has more to offer and Dallas is a better fit for his (Nash) skillset at this point in his career.

The Magic basically have to trade Dwight Howard. He is the only piece they have that can bring them talent in return. Unless of course they think they can get Michael Beasley for some picks and cash. I doubt that headache will make Howard want to stay.

Still thinking hes gonna wear purple and gold before its all said and done. Magic could do alot worse than Gasol and Bynum and certainly can unload Turkoglu who fits in well with the Lakers. You might even be able to turn Gasol into Ellis. Ellis and Bynum is a nice future if you ask me.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:05 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

As someone who considers themselves a Ryan Anderson-hater, the dude is much much much better than people realize. He's a 16 and 8 player who only gets 31 minutes per game and has had big games against Bosh, STAT, Duncan, and Josh Smith. 

And I think the Magic will see how they can use Daniel Orton, Justin Harper, Deandre Liggins, and their draft picks to pull a deal or two. 

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:51 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

Steve Nash is an AFFORDABLE option, and if Dwight SPECIFICALLY asked for him and the Magic are determined not to trade Dwight then they need to go after Nash and put that Monta Ellis pipe down!  They can get Nash for cash, but they have NOTHING to get Monta.  In addition, remember that Orlando and Phoenix have a relationship already since Phoenix found their center (Marcin Gortat) in a trade that included Orlando...Things that make you go, hmmmmmmm...

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:55 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

I dont get how Monta to orlando is possible without the inclusion of Dwight himself. The warriors have been after a big man since he offseason and still are rumored to be pursuing howard. Why would they help the magic in trying to get Dwight to stay, and trade thier star player at the same time?

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:50 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

I believe the Bulls have coveted Ellis as well, and they have much better parts than Orlando.  Why would GS do this deal if they won't pull the trigger on the Bulls' deal?  I love how people continually make up one-sided trades in their heads, make the money work in ESPN's GM machine, and then call it a rumor.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:43 pm

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

Who is this Monta Howard guy? He looks pretty good.

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