WASHINGTON -- Apparently, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has always secretly been a fan of Monta Ellis.
"Of all the guys you had to gameplan for, he was one of the real nightmares with Golden State and Milwaukee because he had that constant attacking mindset and he had the speed to really make life
miserable,'' Carlisle said after this morning's shootaround at the Verizon Center. "So I was very happy to get him on our side.''
The Mavs signed Ellis to a three-year, $25 million contract last summer to replace shooting guard OJ Mayo, who signed a three-year, $24 million free agent contract with the Bucks. Ellis has not only provided the Mavs with some much-needed scoring, but he's also been a solid playmaker.
"I was excited that we even had the chance to get him,'' Carlisle said. "I was shocked that we even had the opportunity.
"We needed to upgrade that position. I knew he was a lot better than what we had last year, and he’s played great this year.''
Going into tonight's 5 o'clock contest at the Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards, Ellis is averaging 20.3 points, six assists and 1.77 steals per game.
-- Dwain Price
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