Source: Denver coming 'strong' after Ellis

July, 5, 2013
7/05/13
8:09
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Another potential Mavericks target could be off the market soon.

The Denver Nuggets are coming “strong” after guard Monta Ellis, a league source said, adding that the Mavs and three others teams are also showing interest in him.

Ellis, 27, who declined a player option in his contract that would have paid him $11 million to return to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14, averaged 19.2 points and 6.0 assists per game last season. He has career averages of 19.4 points and 4.7 assists, splitting time between point guard and shooting guard.

The Mavs are intrigued by Ellis’ explosiveness and ability to penetrate. However, they recognize that Ellis is not a pure point guard and isn’t a perfect fit as a pick-and-pop partner with Dirk Nowitzki due to his poor percentages as a jump shooter.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 2.7 0.9 32.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.8
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2