As most NBA fans know, the Golden State Warriors are in shambles.
A 24 year old who last year averaged about 20 points, 5 assists and 2 steals is hard to come by and in all likelyhood, there will be a lot of interest in the scoring combo guard despite his hefty contract (5 years at approx $11M per year.)
Will there by any interest from the Raptors?
I doubt it.
This team hardly needs more offense and while he's a solid help defender due to his length and quickness, adding him to the back-court would
a) Result in a very small 1-2 guard punch
b) Hinder the development of DeMar DeRozan in all probability
c) Be an early admission that the Jarrett Jack acquisition was a flop.
However there is one way that acquiring Monta could make sense.
If Bryan Colangelo started to think that the Bosh/Bargs 4/5 combo just wasn't effective, and was dead-set on keeping Bosh next year, then a trade of Bargnani and Marcus Banks (cap relief for G State) for Ellis and Anthony Morrow works financially for both clubs. Maybe then Amir Johnson or Rasho Nesterovic is moved into the starting 5 spot and Ellis takes the sixth man role.
Personally I'm still not sure either deal would make a ton of sense but we're asking readers to throw on their GM hats for a minute. Our recap of last night's loss to Denver and preview of tonight's match against the Jazz will be up a bit later this morning so in the meantime, give us your thoughts.