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Claudius 07-25-2008 10:04 AM

Ellis re-signs...so does Kelena
Well, they've locked up a key piece of that offence now. I have an idea, maybe we should trade for him!!!!


Associated Press

July 24, 2008 at 11:28 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. The Golden State Warriors made sure they would have Monta Ellis in their backcourt at least for the near future, re-signing the explosive guard to a multiyear contract Thursday.

Ellis, who was a restricted free agent, is expected to take over at point guard next season in Don Nelson's up-tempo offense after two-time All-Star Baron Davis opted out of his contract earlier this month to join his hometown team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Monta under contract for the next several years," said Chris Mullin, Golden State's executive vice president of basketball operations. "He has been one of the top young players in the NBA for the last two years and enjoyed a tremendous season last year. The growth that he has demonstrated at such a young age is incredible and we look forward to him playing a big part in our future success."

The 22-year-old Ellis, selected out of high school in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft, 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. He was named the NBA's Most Improved Player after the 2006-07 campaign.

Mullin has been working furiously to upgrade his roster and knows he has no choice considering the Warriors play in the power-packed Western Conference.

Golden State, the first 48-victory NBA team not to make the playoffs this past 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.

Earlier Thursday, the Warriors announced that shooting guard Kelenna Azubuike would return after the club matched the Clippers' three-year, $9 million offer sheet.

Azubuike averaged 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 81 games last season with the Warriors, who signed the former Kentucky guard out of the NBA Developmental League in January 2007. He started 17 games for Golden State, and he should see more playing time next season after Davis' departure, Mickael Pietrus' signing with Orlando and Ellis' expected move to point guard.

"We are pleased to have Kelenna back in the fold," Mullin said. "He's a young and talented player who has continued to improve during his two seasons with our team. His versatility, athleticism and ability to shoot the 3-pointer certainly fit our style of play."

Azubuike, a restricted free agent, signed the offer sheet with the Clippers last Friday, giving Golden State seven days to match it. The Warriors, who earlier signed high-scoring free agent swingman Corey Maggette from the Clippers, also signed forward Ronny Turiaf away from the Lakers last week with a similar offer-sheet deal.

Golden State also signed forward Richard Hendrix, its second-round pick in last month's draft.


Dr. J. Naismith 07-25-2008 10:12 AM

Good signings, but does this also mean that Marcus Williams is their starting PG this season. Or will Ellis take over the reigns now eventhough he's more a SG? :confused2:

Claudius 07-25-2008 10:20 AM

That's a great question but I don't think they really have that much faith in Marcus Williams to be honest, espescially in the West.

I think they'll just run with Ellis as a non traditional PG and try to outscore teams instead of just playing basketball.

Adequate Swag 07-25-2008 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by Claudius (Post 45949)
I think they'll just run with Ellis as a non traditional PG and try to outscore teams instead of just playing basketball.

That's what I've been led to believe.

I really don't think Monta's value is maximized at the point though.

The Warriors roster, by the way, is completely ridiculous. They could (and likely occasionaly will) run Ellis out there with 4 wings. And Ellis is almost like a wing himself.

Maggette, Jackson, Harrington, Azubuike, Randolph, Hendrix, Turiaf and Wright are all between 6'6 and 6'10. Ronny is the only one that is really considered a "big man", so if Biedrins bolts, this team could be sending out some athletic, exciting, and ultimately useless lineups.

It'll be interesting to see how Nellie handles this team. They should be a fun watch at the very least.

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