After losing Baron Davis for the L.A. Clippers, I was lookin’ closely if the Golden State Warriors would be able to re-sign their talented shooting guard Monta Ellis, who was wooed by a great deal of team this summer. Well, obviously Golden State’s staff made it! The 22 year-old restricted free agent agreed to sign a 6 year deal worth $67 million. Actually, it’s one of the most important raises in the League history!
I think this deal is a win-win situation for both Ellis and GS. Ellis, who had a breakout season last year, is rewarded for all his efforts. The guy notched 20,2 ppg last season, adding 5,0 rpg and 3,9 apg. I’ve rarely seen a 6-3 guy grabbing 5 boards per game! It only proves one thing to me: Ellis is a strong-minded dude on the court!
As for the Warriors, they proved they can keep one of their best players. Losing their point-guard Davis was a big loss, but next season Ellis will try to bridge the gap at the PG position. He was used to play at the shooting guard position so far, but I think Ellis can make the transition easily. In my view, his quickness and his passing skills should let Ellis to handle perfectly the transition.
The starting lineup looks good now with Stephen Jackson at the shooting guard position, whereas Corey Maggette will take care of the small forward position. That being said, I strongly advise Golden State to add some depth in the paint to be competitive in the tough Western conference.