DALLAS -– Apparently, shooting guard Monta Ellis has no interest in becoming the No. 1 go-to guy for
the Dallas Mavericks.
That job currently belongs to Dirk Nowitzki, but the Mavs have been searching for two years to turn Nowitzki into their No. 2 scoring option. They’re going to have to do a lot of pursuading in order to convince Ellis to take the job.
“I think he wants to be a compliment to Dirk as opposed to being the guy,’’ owner Mark Cuban said after Sunday's practice at American Airlines Center. “He’s a good passer, a willing passer and he gets where he wants to on the court.
“He’s committed to playing defense, he’s a willing learner and he’s a got a high basketball IQ.’’
Cuban believes Ellis -- he signed a free agent contract with the Mavs this past summer -- will benefit handsomely from many of the one-on-one teachings coach Rick Carlisle doles out to his players.
“Once Rick realizes you have a high basketball IQ he’ll give you tons of discretions,’’ Cuban said. “We’ll play flow, which means just go out there and play basketball and take what the defense gives you.
“With Monta as a willing passer and his ability to get anywhere on the court, I think it’ll work in his favor in a huge way. If me watching (Sunday's practice) out there is any indication, the only shots I saw him take were in the paint, and even when he got to the paint everything was a pass.’’
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