Monta Ellis, agent Jeff Fried part
Monta Ellis, one of the premier players remaining on the free agent market, parted ways with his longtime agent, Jeff Fried, on Wednesday.
Star Not Shining
Free agent Monta Ellis has a career scoring average of 19.4 points, the highest ever by a player never selected to an All-Star team (minimum 300 games played). On the flip side, Ellis has the sixth-worst player efficiency rating in NBA history among players who average at least 19 points per game.
Highest career PPG by player never selected to All-Star team:
|Source -- Elias Sports Bureau|
Ellis, who opted out of the final year of a six-year, $66 million deal, is frustrated that he has yet to receive a high-paying contract offer. Industry sources expect him to sign with agent Dan Fegan.
"I only wish Monta and his family the very best," Fried said. "He is a superstar on the court and a character individual with tremendous integrity off the court."
As of Tuesday, Ellis was hoping to have a deal in place within the next 36-48 hours. His split with Fried, however, may extend that timetable.
Ellis, who averaged 19.2 points and 6.0 assists for Milwaukee last season, has not been offered superstar money thus far. Having rejected a contract extension from the Milwaukee Bucks that would have enabled him to make $36 million over the next three years, he is hoping to make $40 million over four years.
But few teams have that much cap space left. Thus, Ellis is hoping for a sign-and-trade deal that may enable him to get close to his desired figure.
The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats have shown the most interest in the 27-year-old Ellis. The Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers have interest but lack the cap room to pay Ellis anywhere near what he believes he is worth.
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