06/17/13 - 8:26AM ETMonta Ellis
: To Opt Out of Contract
Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Bucks, which will make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.
The decision has been expected for some time, but Ellis has apparently informed Milwaukee management what his intentions will be once July 1 hits. The Bucks will likely still engage in talks with him during free agency, but the scoring guard seems eager to move on to a new organization. With averages of 19.2 points (on 41.6 percent shooting), 6.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 1.1 three-pointers in 37.5 minutes last season, he should have numerous suitors for the upcoming campaign.
Ginobili will start Sunday against the Heat in Game 5, Project Spurs reports. Tiago Splitter will come off the bench.
Ginobili has struggled in the series with just 7.5 points on 34.5 percent from the field. Perhaps a change of role will get him going early in the game.
Friday, June 14
06/14/13 - 11:49AM ETAndre Iguodala
: Opts Out Of Final Year Of Contract
Iguodala has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Nuggets and enter free agency, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Rather than playing out the final year of his contract with Denver, Iguodala has decided to opt out and seek a new, long-term deal as a free agent. He was set to earn $15.9 million next season, but he can now sign elsewhere for up to four years, or he can re-up with the Nuggets for five years. Nuggets CEO Josh Kroenke was clear that re-signing Iguodala is a "huge priority" for the team, and understandably so with the 29-year-old averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists during the regular season and leading his team to the playoffs. However, there will likely be plenty of teams vying for Iguodala's services.