According to multiple sources, the Golden State Warriors are interested in trading their star guard Monta Ellis to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger. Recently the Warriors had said that they were in the market for a star to help them compete in the very tough Western Conference, and they may have found their main target.
Ric Bucher of ESPN says The deal is, “Not as bad as you’d think… (Ellis) in that range of second-tier swingmen… who are seen as very good but wildly overpaid.”
The Pacers (8-3) are currently tied with Orlando for the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference. The move could be seen as questionable from Indiana’s perspective as they and already have a deep backcourt with player such as Paul George, Darren Collison and George Hill. The addition of Ellis could be seen as unnecessary, but according to Iamagm.com they may be better off without Granger in the long term. He is due nearly $40 million over the next 3 years and has been with the Pacers since he was drafted by them in 2005. He is currently averaging 15.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game through 10 games this season.
The Warriors (3-7) are a half game out of the bottom spot in the West. They also have a very deep backcourt with players such as Stephen Curry, Nate Robinson, Brandon Rush and rookie Klay Thompson, but are lacking in the small forward position. Ellis is due $33 million over the next 3 year and has been in perpetual trade rumors for the last year. Ellis was a 2nd round pick by the Warriors also in the 2005 draft. Through 9 games so far this season he is averaging 24.6 points, 7.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds.