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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Monta Ellis' contract includes player option for third season

By Tim MacMahon

Monta Ellis didn't get the money he wanted in free agency, but he can test the market again in two years if he desires.

Ellis' contract includes a player option for the third season, according to ShamSports.com, an invaluable resource for NBA contractual and salary-cap details.

The deal is worth a total of $25.08 million over three years. Ellis will be paid $8 million in 2013-14, $8.36 million in 2014-15 and has the option of being paid $8.72 million in 2015-16.

Ellis declined a player option that would have paid him $11 million to stay in Milwaukee next season. He also turned down a three-year, $36 million extension offer from the Bucks. He was hoping to land a four-year, $40 million deal in free agency but settled for a significantly lower offer from Dallas.

Center Samuel Dalembert's two-year deal, $7.57 million deal is partially guaranteed for the second season. Dalembert will make $3.7 million in 2013-14 and is guaranteed $1.8 million of his $3.87 million salary in 2014-15.