Reports: No agreement between Bucks and Ellis; he, another Buck 'appear destined' to leave
April 25, 2013 Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat in playoff at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Bucks #3 Brandon Jennings (right) tries to get past Miami #3 Dwyane Wade for the shot. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTIENL.COM Image by Michael Sears
MILWAUKEE - The Bucks have apparently offered Monta Ellis a deal, but a published report gives the indication that the Milwaukee Bucks will be losing at least two free agents this year.
That may give credence to news from earlier this week, as reported by another publication.
"Starting shooting guard Monte Ellis has an opt-out clause in his contract and has told associates he’s bolting Milwaukee. Ellis’ backup, J.J. Redick, is an unrestricted free agent and appears destined for another city, also," reports Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal-Times deep in a column from this week.
Speculation about Ellis has been widespread, and includes Yahoo Sports! saying that according to a source, Ellis plans to opt out of his $11 million option.
Ellis and Brandon Jennings, another possible free agent departure, helped power the Bucks to an early-season success which gave them enough cushion to withstand second-half struggles and make the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Redick came in a trade-deadline deal to the Bucks.
The team lost four straight games to the Miami Heat and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.