Warriors Nearly Traded Ellis to Memphis

According to separate league sources, the Warriors rejected a proposed
deal with Memphis that would have sent Monta Ellis to the Grizzlies for
O.J. Mayo and 7-foot-3 rookie center Hasheem Thabeet.

Another player, Hamed Haddadi, may or may not have been included in the deal.

The Warriors allowed Thursday’s trading deadline to pass without making a move. General manager Larry Riley said there wasn’t anything out there he “was comfortable enough with.”

Ellis, who is the fifth-leading scorer in the NBA at 26.2 points per game, didn’t sound too concerned either way when asked about the team deciding to hang onto him.

He returned to the lineup Friday night against the Utah Jazz after missing three games because of a sprained left knee.

“I don’t care about that,” Ellis said after Friday’s shootaround. “I play basketball. Whatever decision they make upstairs is on them. I never looked at it. I heard about it, but I never worried about it.”

When pressed as to whether he felt good about the team standing behind him and not trading him, Ellis responded:

“Who knows?" he said. "You could be moved today or tomorrow. I know the deadline is over with, and it was cool they rejected it, but like I said I wasn’t thinking about it or worrying about it.”


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