When Rajon Rondo and Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle got into a heated shouting match during a game last month, it appeared inevitable that Rondo would become a problem in the locker room. The more we learn, the more it seems like Monta Ellis is the real concern.
Ellis finished with 11 points on just 4-of-22 shooting in a loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. He went 0-for-8 in the fourth quarter, which was a big part of the reason the Mavs blew a six-point lead with six minutes remaining.
Regardless of whether anyone will admit it on the record, Ellis is a big part of that problem. Folks in the Mavs organization have been fretting for weeks about the impact Ellis’ moodiness has on the team’s soul.
That, of course, isn’t a first for Ellis. He had trouble getting along with teammates during his tenure with the Golden State Warriors, who never won anything of note with Ellis as the go-to guy and made an addition-by-subtraction deal by shipping him off. The same was true with the Milwaukee Bucks.
MacMahon reminds us that the Mavericks were only able to sign Ellis to a three-year, $25 million contract after it was discovered that Devin Harris needed toe surgery. Ellis played at a high level through the first half of the deal, but he has since gone ice cold — apparently in more ways than one.