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Report: Indiana Pacers waive Monta Ellis

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The Indiana Pacers have waived guard Monta Ellis, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The 31-year-old had one of the worst seasons of his 12-year career since his rookie season, averaging a mere 8.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game in his last of two seasons with the Pacers.

After being a bona fide starter for the entirety of his career, Ellis’ struggles became evident for head coach Nate McMillan and his staff, quickly switching him into a bench role, garnering only 33 starts in the season out of 74 games played.

Once an avid rim-attacker and shifty off-guard, Ellis lacked the explosion and torque that earned him the nickname “The Mississippi Bullet” from back in his high school days.

He’ll now face a tough free agency period for mid-level guards, with most of the initial targets in the market snatched rather quickly in the first days since the window first opened in July 1.

Despite a season to forget, Ellis holds career averages of 17.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.