Latest On Monta Ellis, Warriors

The Warriors have made it abundantly clear at this point that they're not interested in trading Monta Ellis unless it means acquiring Dwight Howard. But what does Ellis think of all the trade rumors swirling around him and his Warriors teammates? According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Ellis and the Warriors have discussed the possibility that it might be time for him to be traded (Twitter link).

While Kawakami notes that the conversation doesn't mean a trade will happen this week, he adds that Ellis is frustrated by the team's inability to build a roster that can contend. Andris Biedrins and Dorell Wright, whose names also came up in trade rumors this week, seem open to the possibility of being traded by the Warriors as well, says Kawakami (Twitter links).

Talking to Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group about his current situation, Ellis said he wasn't about to request a trade, but hinted that he'd like to play for a contender.

"I probably could go to Orlando or Chicago and get a championship," Ellis said. "But if they don’t move me, what can I do? Hopefully — if they don’t move me – they get somebody in here so we can win and I don’t have to go through this every year."

Ellis is under contract next year, then has an early termination option for 2013/14. Asked if he planned to exercise that option, Ellis was noncommittal, telling Thompson, "We'll see."

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