Warriors Won’t Give Orlando Ellis
Warriors owner Joe Lacob has no interest in sending Monta Ellis to Orlando to help the Magic keep Dwight Howard, wanting instead to preserve his own slim chances of landing the All-Star center, league sources told CBSSports.com Tuesday.
The Magic’s attempt to put together a three-team deal that would’ve sent Ellis to Orlando and Andrew Bogut from Milwaukee to Golden State didn’t pass muster with the Warriors’ owner. The scenario was motivated by the Magic’s ongoing efforts to appease Howard by acquiring a top-flight talent in the hopes that he stays.
Howard’s representatives reiterated to teams inquiring about him in recent days that his No. 1 choice remains the Nets, and also revealed that he has a list of several players he’d like to play with, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Ellis, the Warriors’ electrifying guard, is on the list, the person said. Nets point guard Deron Williams is presumed to be on it as well, though Howard’s desire for new teammates is unclear beyond that.