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Warriors Discuss Monta Ellis Trade With More Suitors, According To Report

The hottest NBA rumor right now appears to be that the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have at least discussed a trade which would send high-scoring Monta Ellis to Philadelphia for defensive dynamo Andre Iguodala. Wednesday, however, it became clear that the Sixers aren't the only team discussing an Ellis trade with Golden State. Citing "league sources," Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Warriors have also engaged "Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Orlando and the Lakers" in trade talks surrounding Ellis and others.

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At the San Jose Mercury News, Tim Kawakami expresses his belief that an Ellis trade is inevitable. "NBA executives believe it's maintly [sic] a matter of time before Ellis is dealt for a bigger player," he writes.

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On a per-game basis, Ellis ranked first in the league in minutes (40.3), eighth in scoring (24.1) and third in steals (2.1). Nevertheless, it certainly looks like Golden State is prepared to move the 25-year-old out of its backcourt, and instead let Stephen Curry run the team, a possibility the Bay Area Sports Guy discussed in greater depth elsewhere on SB Nation Bay Area.

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