A poor season seems to just keep getting worse for Pacers guard Monta Ellis. Early Friday afternoon the NBA announced that Monta Ellis had been suspended five games for violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. It is unknown at this time what substance Ellis tested positive for.
Ellis lost favor with fans and local media in 2017 when his play suffered down the stretch of the season. The Pacers depended on Ellis to help space the floor and provide a scorer to relieve pressure on Paul George, neither of which he could do consistently.
While Ellis has what looks to be a $11 million player option for 2018-19, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the option is not important due to the fact the team could waive him before season’s end, effectively causing his salary to vanish from the payroll.