Can Ellis get a huge deal as a free agent? I doubt it. But maybe something like 3 for $27M on a team desperate for scoring.
I say: “Au contraire, mon frere!”
In a league where:
- Bill Simmons calls out a sudden shortage of 2 guards, and
- Eric Gordon, Nick Batum, and Aaron Afflalo all get big deals at the 2…
I think Monta is sitting in a pretty good spot.
Remember when Baron Davis opted out of a $17MM year, and promptly signed a $60MM deal? I know, I know, it was a different time in the NBA. But then again… Baron was an elite point guard at a moment when the league was starved for quality point guards. Baron just arbitraged his way to a big payday. Monta will do the same. Let the bidding start at 4 years, $40MM.
Remember, when guys opt out, they are not trying to maximize next year’s pay. They want long-term security. And they are right to do it.