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Twitter: Monta Ellis‘ name has popped up in trade rumors.

Could the Bucks still get something of value for the free-agent-to-be while matching contracts according to the rules of the CBA?  Count me among the skeptical, unless the Bucks are working with a cap-strapped team — but keep in mind that the same CBA bans sign-and-trades for teams who are too far above the cap.

Per the excellent NBA CBA FAQ site:

  • Starting in 2013-14, the team receiving the player cannot be above the “apron” ($4 million above the tax level) after the trade. A team above the apron can receive a player in a sign-and-trade if the trade reduces the team’s payroll and the team finishes the trade below the apron.
  • Starting in 2013-14, the team cannot receive a player in a sign-and-trade if they have used the Taxpayer Mid-Level exception that season.

Nov 10, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) (right) dunks over forward Ersan Ilyasova (left) during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Racine Journal Times:  In a piece that noted that five late-lottery to mid-first-round picks won’t workout in Milwaukee (Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. McCollum, Shabazz Muhammad, Sergey Karasev, and Mason Plumlee), Gery Woelfel spotted two personnel trends at Monday’s workout.

Former Bucks power forward Scott Williams is being considered as the Bucks new “big man” coach. Conspicuous by his absence at the Bucks’ workout Monday: assistant general manager Jeff Weltman, who is expected to take a similar job with Toronto any day now.

Bucksketball: Israeli Basketball Super League point guard Gal Mekel has an open invitation to join the Bucks’ Summer League squad.  Jon Hartzell’s conclusions sums things up well:

It’s important to clarify that what the Bucks have reportedly offered Mekel is not a contract, but just a spot on the summer league roster. It is very likely Mekel will wait for something more guaranteed before he accepts the invite.

Will Mekel become the Bucks’ replacement for Brandon Jennnings? Probably not.

Would he be a welcomed, no-risk addition to the summer league roster? Definitely.

WSSP.com: Bucks Director of Scouting Billy McKinney talks about the draft, breakfast manners, and the physical fitness level of Glen Rice, Jr.

We like (Rice’s) talent, but we thought he maybe needed to be in a little bit better shape.  He’s been through different workouts, so we wanted to see if he kind of listened to some of the things we had to say after the workout.

ESPN.com: The Paul Pierce chatter is getting louder.  Oh my. It’s not the worst move, depending on the assets shipped out, given that Pierce’s contract (one year, $15.3 million) isn’t a cap killer.  The key, of course, is figuring out which players would have to be involved in order to balance out the salaries in the trade.

The Celtics are reportedly holding out for a first-round pick.

Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, Glen Rice Jr., Milwaukee Bucks, Monta Ellis, Paul Pierce, Scott Williams

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