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Could Monta Ellis team with Dwight Howard?

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01:58 PM ET 06.17 | Monta Ellis was expected to opt out of the final year of his contract. By forgoing $11 million, he'll set himself up for an unrestricted free agency that will probably net him a max contract offer. The potential for Ellis to team with a friend in Dwight Howard is a twist on things, however. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports Ellis will draw interest from the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. While the Lakers would need to shed salary to add him, all three appear to be potential landing spots for Howard as well. If the Lakers' free agent center can't find a way to team with Clippers guard Chris Paul, who is also a free agent, a Plan B of joining forces with Ellis could be appealing.

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June 17, 2013  02:16 PM ET

Who in God's name is going to give Ellis a max contract? David Kahn and Isiah Thomas aren't GM's anymore

June 17, 2013  02:18 PM ET

Ellis is doing a Sprewell by not accepting that contract.

June 17, 2013  02:20 PM ET

The Hawks better not offer this dude anything. Ellis plays for the Hawks, I'm not going for a SINGLE game.

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June 17, 2013  02:49 PM ET

Best joke of the day so far.

June 17, 2013  02:57 PM ET

No.

June 17, 2013  03:27 PM ET

The Lakers are screwed.

June 17, 2013  03:41 PM ET

Oh no!? Not Dwight Howard and Monta Ellis on the same team!!!... talk about making it unfair for the rest of the NBA!

 
June 17, 2013  05:56 PM ET

An interesting mix and it might work if the NBA allowed more than one basketball on the court at the same time.

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