Monta Ellis is another potential veteran the Magic could sign this offseason to a one-year deal. Ellis has had no problem scoring throughout his career, but he has struggled defensively and has a reputation for stopping the ball on offense.
The rebuilding Indiana Pacers recently waived the 31-year old guard, as he was a clear casualty of their youth movement.
Ellis has had an excellent career, averaging 17.8 points per game while adding 4.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. But Ellis has started to slow down and has only averaged around 11 points per game for the Pacers. He even lost his starting job last year.
Ellis is a poor fit for the Magic, as the Magic need either a player with upside or a strong locker room presence. Ellis has neither.
At 31, Ellis has clearly peaked and is now at most a rotation player. Further, Ellis is not the selfless veteran teams are looking for to mentor their youth. Ellis has a gunslinger reputation. He has always been a volume scorer — and an often inefficient one at that. Last year he posted a 48.2 percent effective field goal percentage.
Ellis has been rumored to be interested in contenders and he is a potential ring chaser. He might not even want to play for Orlando. Given all of these red flags, it is best if the Magic pass on Ellis in free agency.