Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Warriors to meet with Ellis' representatives; sign Dickau
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors plan to meet with the representative for point guard Monta Ellis next week to discuss any potential disciplinary action or fine because of his mo-ped-related ankle injury.
Ellis signed a new six-year, $66 million contract in July, then injured his left ankle in August in a low-speed mo-ped crash -- an offseason activity prohibited in his new deal as is a standard provision for contracts around the league.
Ellis will miss training camp and at least several weeks of the regular season after hurting himself in his native Mississippi.
"We'll meet with his agent next week. At that point we'll have a discussion with him and then we'll let him know what we're looking at doing," Warriors president Robert Rowell said Wednesday. "We're without Monta for a while. We've just got to weather that storm."
Will he be fined?
"I can't tell you," Rowell said.
To give themselves some insurance in the backcourt, Golden State signed Dan Dickau on Wednesday and coach Don Nelson plans to carry three point guards on his roster -- at least until Ellis returns to take one of those roster places.
"Once he gets off his scooter," Nelson said half-jokingly of Ellis after practice Wednesday. "Funny thing is, he's probably faster than any of the other point guards I have out here on his scooter. ... It's good to have [Dickau] in camp. I'm going to keep three point guards. Veteran point guards are hard to find."
C.J. Watson is the leading candidate to start in Ellis' place -- "It's C.J.'s job now to lose," Nelson said -- with Marcus Williams and Dickau also expected to get regular playing time in Nelson's up-tempo, guard-oriented offense.
There's a big void to fill after two-time All-Star Baron Davis opted out of his contract in July to join his hometown team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
"If any coach in the league can get a group of guys to do what he wants them to do, it's Nellie," Rowell said.
Ellis, who turns 23 on Oct. 26, was selected out of high school in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft. He averaged career bests of 20.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.53 steals in 37.9 minutes and 81 games last season. Ellis was named the NBA's Most Improved Player after the 2006-07 campaign.
Golden State, the first 48-victory NBA team not to make the playoffs last season, is coming off consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 16 years. Yet the Warriors' best season in 14 years wasn't enough to make it to the postseason after the team advanced to the second round in 2007.
The 30-year-old Dickau had playing for Air Avellino in Italy since August, then he and the team mutually agreed to part ways earlier this week. Dickau, who was drafted 28th overall in the first round by the Sacramento Kings in 2002 and has been traded eight times during his NBA career, said he was happy the Warriors had a spot for him.
Dickau appeared in 67 games and made eight starts for the Clippers last season, averaging 5.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds in just more than 15 minutes per game.
"I think it's a good situation," Dickau said. "Obviously coming in late is going to make it tougher for me. I was in a situation overseas that wasn't working out. Fortunately we were able to make this happen. We're here and looking forward to making the most of it."