Ellis tells Bucks he will opt out of contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm •  Published: June 18, 2013

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their leading scorer.

Monta Ellis has informed the Bucks he won't exercise his $11 million option for the upcoming season, making him an unrestricted free agent July 1. The move Monday wasn't a total surprise, coming after Ellis rejected a two-year contract extension last fall.

There's a chance the Bucks could lose their second-leading scorer, too.

Brandon Jennings, who combined with Ellis to contribute almost 37 percent of Milwaukee's points, is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Bucks have the right to match any offer for him. J.J. Redick, traded to Milwaukee from Orlando in February, also is a free agent.

"Obviously, with the three guys ... you've got three pretty good ballplayers," new coach Larry Drew said earlier this month.

Ellis led the Bucks with 19.2 points and 37.5 minutes last season, his first full season in Milwaukee. He and Ekpe Udoh came to the Bucks from Golden State at the trade deadline in 2012 in exchange for the oft-injured Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

But the Bucks have known losing Ellis — or all of their guards — was a possibility, and already have begun to adapt.

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