The Dallas Mavericks are close to an agreement with guard Monta Ellis, according to reports by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The deal, if finalized, is rumored to be for three years and between $25 and $30 million.
Ellis, 27, played for the Milwaukee Bucks last year after being traded from the Golden State Warriors in 2012. He played for the Warriors since he was drafted out of Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi in 2005.
Ellis averaged 19.2 points per game in 37 minutes, making him a dynamic option from the backcourt. The Mavericks have been busy upgrading their guards after signing point guard José Caldéron and drafting guard Shane Larkin out of the University of Miami earlier this offseason.
The team was previously in the hunt for center Dwight Howard, but lost out when he chose the Houston Rockets over a handful of suitors.
Ellis' career per game averages are 19.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds.