Monta Ellis being chased by Hawks, Nuggets, according to report


The prolific scorer remains a free agent as Atlanta and Denver attempt to land his services.

The Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets are working to try to land the services of prolific scorer Monta Ellis, according to's Marc Stein. Stein reports that the Hawks have $10 million in cap space and are hoping to get Ellis, who last played with the Milwaukee Bucks, to join the club. Atlanta had a busy draft and has since reached a deal with free agent power forward Paul Millsap and retained sharpshooter Kyle Korver.

Devin Harris, who played a good bit of shooting guard for the Hawks last season, agreed to return to the Dallas Mavericks. The Hawks have also lost free agent center Zaza Pachulia and forward Josh Smith, who agreed to deals with the Bucks and Detroit Pistons respectively on Saturday.

Ellis, 27, averaged 19 points, 6 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the Bucks last season. The knock on Ellis is that he is not an efficient scorer: his 2012-13 True Shooting percentage was just .493, with league average closer to .550. He is also not reputed as much of a defender.

Stein reports that the Nuggets are working to trade point guard Andre Miller to free up enough space to make Ellis a competitive offer.

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