Don’t expect a Monta extension from the Milwaukee Bucks anytime soon. According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, the Bucks have done precious little in the way of negotiations on a Monta Ellis extension.
When asked if his agent, Jeff Fried, has been negotiating with the Bucks, Ellis said, “They talked just one time. They didn’t talk about much.”
Monta is under contract with the Bucks this year for $11 million, and he has a player option next year for the same amount.
Ellis should get an enormous volume of playing time to start the season, because the Bucks will likely begin the season without two injured wing players expected to be in their rotation: Luc Mbah a Moute and rookie Doron Lamb. Monta has played big minutes before; if he does it again and performs well, it could pivot the contract discussions in his favor.
If there are any big contracts handed out by Milwaukee, though, expect the recipient to be Brandon Jennings. According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Bucks have until October 31 to decide on an extension of his rookie deal. If the parties can agree on a price that compensates Jennings for his abilities while staying sufficiently under the max deal the Bucks are sure to avoid, then a deal could be forthcoming soon.