NBA trade rumors: Hawks reportedly interested in Monta Ellis in a Josh Smith deal

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks have continued to shop Josh Smith, and are now interested in Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks reports Marc Stein.

The Atlanta Hawks have expressed interest in trading Josh Smith for Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks, reports ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Hawks would look to pair Ellis alongside point guard Jeff Teague, who is having a career year at 15.2 points and 6.9 assists per game. For the Bucks, this would alleviate them from having to deal with Ellis' contract situation. It was reported via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that Ellis would likely be declining his player option for next season to become a free agent.

Guard Monta Ellis has an $11 million player option that he is expected to reject to become a free agent this summer.

Smith has made it clear he seeks a max-contract through free agency, and Milwaukee will have the necessary cap space to fulfill that need once he hits the market. The Smith trade circus rolls along, now with another suitor lined up.

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