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The Deal With Mavs And Gasol? A 'Monta Path'

The Deal With Mavs And Gasol? A 'Monta Path'

A week ago, DB.com wrote that Pau Gasol's price tag made him an 'unlikely' free-agent match with Dallas. Now ESPN is all but predicting the Lakers center will be one of the Mavs' two big summer signings. Is there a communication gap here? Not if you understand the chances of Gasol-to-Dallas following the path blazed a year ago by Monta Ellis.

Recall what we wrote on July 1, 2013 about Monta Ellis: Monta Ellis has opted out of the final year of his contract and on July 1 will become a free agent next month. In doing so, he's forfeited a guaranteed $11 million – a gamble on himself that seems ill-advised unless one of his main objectives was simply to escape Milwaukee. At a different time, in a different place, under the terms...

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