Monta Ellis to opt out of contract with Bucks

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by Kelsey Cunniff

MILWAUKEE-- Milwaukee Bucks point guard Monta Ellis will reportedly opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent July 1. Ellis, who had $11 million dollars left on his contract, will become a highly coveted free agent as teams like the Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks have already began to take interest.

The Bucks had reportedly offered Ellis a two-year, $24 million extension earlier this June, but the offer was dependent on him not opting out of the final season of his contract.

Ellis led the Bucks in scoring this past year averaging 19.2 points, six assists, and two steals per game. Previously the Bucks had planned on attempting to re-sign Ellis as a free agent, while letting go of restricted free agent Brandon Jennings.

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