Sometime today, representatives for Monta Ellis and Don Nelson will sit down to discuss the future of the Warriors’ franchise player.
Both sides are playing coy about the meeting’s details, but it’s likely to resemble your basic hostage negotiation (footage of the Warriors’ game in Boston Wednesday night may be used as proof of life).
Both sides want Ellis extracted from Golden State – now they just need to establish a timeline.
Ellis waited patiently while Stephen Jackson fought for a trade, and now he can cement his rightful place in franchise lore, inheriting the mantle of most disgruntled player in Golden State.
It’s a noteworthy distinction, considering Ellis’ predecessors at the position. It’s a distinguished list, and reads like a who’s who of star-crossed talent: Webber. Sprewell. Hardaway. Fortson. The list goes on.