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Kings Reportedly Still in the Mix for Monta Ellis

Even with the trade to acquire Luc Mbah a Moute, several reports indicate the Kings are still finalists to sign guard Monta Ellis

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Here I was thinking that this nonsense about Monta Ellis signing with Sacramento was all over and done with now that the Kings used up most of their remaining cap space to trade for Luc Mbah a Moute.

Not so, according to David Aldridge and Chris Broussard.

Broussard reported recently that Ellis has cut down his list of potential destinations to the Kings, Mavericks, Hawks and Bobcats. Each club would need to make moves to create the space to sign him; Sacramento, according to Broussard, is looking to move guard Marcus Thornton to create the space. Thornton would have to be traded with little to no salary coming back.

Chris Broussard isn't the most reliable source, but David Aldridge is. He reports that Ellis is choosing between the Hawks, Mavericks and Kings. Aldridge says that Ellis is "intrigued" by the Kings. Aldridge doesn't mention any specifics in terms of how the Kings might create space, but does say that they would likely need to move one of their existing guards.

If Sacramento couldn't find a trade partner, they could also use the amnesty provision on John Salmons to create space. That would give them about $10 million in cap room.

We'll see what happens, but for our sake, I hope Ellis chooses Dallas or Atlanta.

UPDATE 3:58 P.M.:

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