Sunday , Mar , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis Grizzlies Chasing Monta Ellis?

"The kind of player he is would definitely help our system," Gay said as his Griz prepared to face Ellis and the Warriors tonight. "Somebody who can score a lot and get up and down the court would help us a lot. There’s not much he can’t do. He’s probably one of the fastest guys in the league with and without the ball. His jump shot is deadly and when he gets to the basket, he finishes. His ability is kind of crazy."

There’s that word again.

Crazy may also describe the Grizzlies’ chances of landing Ellis when free agency begins during the off-season. Although the Griz are expected to have $12 million in salary-cap room, the Warriors own Ellis’ "Bird Rights," meaning they can re-sign the 22-year-old native of Jackson, Miss., without regard to the cap.

The Grizzlies’ outside hope of satisfying their stated goal of adding deft shooting (with Ellis likely being a target) would be to front-load an above-market value offer. [Memphis Commercial Appeal]