NBA free agency rumors: Monta Ellis to decide between Hawks, Mavs but Kings still of interest

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The Sacramento Kings may have hurt their chances at signing Monta Ellis because of a trade that put Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's contract on the books.

While Monta Ellis was mulling over the decision of whether to sign with the Mavericks, Hawks or Kings, Sacramento potentially cost itself the ability to sign the free-agent guard. NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that Ellis is still interested in all three teams, but Sacramento's trade on Tuesday that added Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's salary to the books could make it difficult for the Kings to sign Ellis.

Sacramento took on Mbah a Moute's two years and $9 million left on his contract while shedding two future second-round picks and no immediate salary in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Suddenly, the Kings' salary cap space is unable to include the approximate $12 million Ellis could earn per season.

But like the Kings, the other two of Ellis' suitors are looking at options to land the free agent via a sign-and-trade.

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Mavs have been shopping forward Shawn Marion and his $9 million contract to make room for Ellis and free agent center Andrew Bynum. The Kings could consider unloading shooting guard Marcus Thornton's $8.1 million annual salary. And there have been many rumors about the Hawks and Bucks working out a deal that would send either Ellis or point guard Brandon Jennings to Atlanta in exchange for Jeff Teague.

Ellis became a free agent when he opted out of the final year of his contract with the Bucks that was worth $11 million next season. He also turned down an offer to remain in Milwaukee on a three-year, $36 million deal.

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