Ugh. It’s going to be a long, long three weeks until the trade deadline passes.
Monta Ellis makes $11 million per season through 2014. To make this deal happen, the Celtics would also need to accept either Corey Maggette ($10 million/year through 2013), Andris Biedrins ($9 million/year through 2014), Vlad Radmanovic ($7M next season) or a player on an expiring deal who is likely going to miss the rest of this season (Raja Bell or Speedy Claxton).
Contemplate all of that and tell me if you think Danny Ainge really wants to do this.