The Golden State Warriors made sure they would have Monta Ellis in their backcourt at least for the near future, re-signing the explosive guard to a six-year deal worth about $66 million Thursday.
Ellis, who was a restricted free agent, is expected to take over at point guard next season in Don Nelson’s up-tempo offense after two-time All-Star Baron Davis opted out of his contract earlier this month to join his hometown team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Monta under contract for the next several years,” said Chris Mullin, Golden State’s executive vice president of basketball operations. “He has been one of the top young players in the NBA for the last two years and enjoyed a tremendous season last year. The growth that he has demonstrated at such a young age is incredible and we look forward to him playing a big part in our future success.”