Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Monta Ellis To Cavs To Replace JR Smith
The Cleveland Cavaliers might become active shoppers before the annual NBA trade deadline in February. The Cavs are now in dire need for another guard after JR Smith went down with an injury that could keep him out until start of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
Even before Smith injured his thumb, the Cavaliers were already being linked to possible trades. This is because the defending champions only have rookie Kay Felder as backup to starting point guard Kyrie Irving.
Smith's injury made things worse for the Cavs. With Cleveland in dire need for another guard, Fox Sports named Indiana Pacers veteran Monta Ellis as one of the possible targets for the Cavaliers.
Ellis was one of the most talented scores in the league a few years back but has slowed down recently. This is also the reason why the Pacers might be willing to part ways with the 31-year-old before the trade deadline.
Ellis is averaging 9.0 points on top of 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game for the Pacers. He is on pace to finishing with his lowest scoring average in a season since his rookie year. The trend is not expected to change unless he finds a way out of Indiana.
Cleveland could be an ideal destination for Ellis, especially now that he is also looking to contend for a title. He is not as explosive as he was four to five years ago, but the Cavaliers could see similarities between Ellis and Smith.
"Ellis leaving Indiana would make sense," Fox Sports noted. "He's no longer a fit with the Pacers' lineup. Ellis isn't the incendiary scorer he once was, and he's never played much defense, but there are a few JR comparisons here."
Ellis could produce points most of the time, but he could also address another glaring need for Cleveland. The 12-year veteran could also play as backup to Irving. The Cavaliers will get an experienced guard who could be a factor later in the season, particularly in the playoffs.
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