He could be a monster on a good team, as a 6th man or a great 2-guard paired with a taller, defensive-minded point guard, and the Warriors would be taking a risk by trading him, no doubt.Curry fits it better because he’s more versatile and because he’s younger–which amplifies why Keith Smart had to go; his tilt towards Ellis, and away from Curry, was not the path to the future.
And I don’t think Ellis quite fits that larger Lacob/West picture. Plus, the arrival of West (and Bob Myers) makes it more likely that the Warriors will be able to find a decent deal for Ellis.
If the Warriors move Ellis for any kind of taller, tougher wing or decent post player (it’d probably be a wing), they can draft Alec Burks or Klay Thompson with their No. 11 pick and suddenly they have a backcourt of Curry, the big rookie, and another tough wing… to add to Dorell Wright at the 3.You don’t keep guys together because they’re popular and score a lot of points. You keep them if they win.
They won’t win like this. They have to move on. It’s possible that by draft night the Warriors will do that.
They’re going to split up Curry and Ellis eventually. Why not as soon as possible?It’s nothing personal. It’s just basketball business.
And with West on board as management’s newest, sharpest voice, it seems likely that West already has begun to survey trade options for Ellis.
“I’ve seen teams trade players that score tons of points and people say, ‘How in the world can you trade that player?’ ” West said last week. “Because he might score tons of points and the team doesn’t win.
“When I look at (the Warriors), obviously they need more size.”
Of course, West was not definitively referring to Ellis when he spoke those words, and throughout the conversation he added that he admired Ellis’ toughness and inventive scoring ability.“I love to watch them play,” West said of the Ellis-Curry combo. “They’re so much fun to watch play. But at the end of the day, you want to win.
“Monta Ellis, a fierce competitor. He competes his fanny off every night. Love to watch him play.
“But to me, size helps. Size helps.”Source: Mercury News“They have attractive players on this team that a lot of people would like to have,” West said of the Warriors.
“If you’re in a position of strength, and you have (a player) somebody might want badly, you might be able to acquire a couple of really good players that give you more depth — it gives you a better balance to your team.”
The Raptors happen to have on of the largest guys in the league currently on the block.
I'm thinking Bargnani and Bayless for Ellis would be a great offer to explore.