LAS VEGAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis had a huge impact in his first year with the Mavericks last season. Now, more help is on the way in Chandler Parsons. With Parsons and the Mavs' other moves this summer, Ellis is pleased with what Dallas' front office has done.
“I think it’s a great addition to the team,” Ellis told 105.3 The Fan on Monday. “I think we did a wonderful job on getting the right group of guys and the right team to try to get farther than we did last year. Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, and then getting [Chandler] Parsons was an A-plus for us.
"I'm looking forward to the season. He's a great player, and I think he's going to be a great asset to the team.”
Ellis said that he didn't stay too wrapped up in the timelines and countdowns with Parsons over the weekend, but he did exchange texts with Mark Cuban to stay in the loop.
In the end, he wanted to let Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson "do their job." While the front office wasn't able to get the big fish they've been trying to get over the last three seasons, the acquisition of Parsons is one of the final touches to the massive remodel the Mavs made this summer.
While the return of Chandler represents a true anchor in the middle for the Mavs, Parsons is an infusion of youth and versatility that could have a huge impact on their roster for the upcoming season and beyond. Ellis has seen Parsons as an opponent and views him as the real deal.
So who does Parsons remind Ellis of?
"Shawn Marion, but younger," Ellis said in regards to Parsons' versatility.
“He can knock down shots and bring that young energy and talent to the team," Ellis said. "Like I said, me attacking and those guys spacing and Tyson rolling, I think it’s going to help me a whole lot because defenses respect them and have to react.”
It's fitting that Marion is mentioned in relations to Parsons. Marion likely represented the biggest free-agent acquisition the Mavs had in recent seasons. Parsons now takes that title.
While Ellis admits that they lost a lot of good guys in the offseason, he's excited about the situation in Dallas now. Ellis believes that the front office did what was necessary to help the team compete in the Western Conference and go farther in the playoffs.
"I love this team. We put ourselves in a great position," Ellis continued. "We lost a great group of guys, but that’s business. I think we added a great group of guys. We won more than we lost. With this team, I think we’ve got a lot of veteran guys that understand the game.
"If the season started today, I still think that we have the team, the ability and the right guys to make it as far as we want.”