monta ellis

Monta Ellis’ decision last week to opt out of the final year of his contract did provide some clarity for the Bucks. It instantly made the shooting guard position a priority, whether in the draft or free agency. Ellis started all 82 games at the 2 guard spot last season and played major minutes.

“It gives us options in the draft of different positions we can look at,” McKinney said. “There should be players at 15 of different variety that could help us.

“I think it’s a very good group (of guards). When you talk about the point guards, the shooting guards, the swing players, we’re comfortable.

“We’re still doing some homework on the selection at 15. But we feel much more comfortable now than we did even a week ago.”

Point guard Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent and other NBA teams will be able to start discussions with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, on July 1.

And backup guard J.J. Redick is an unrestricted free agent as is sixth man Mike Dunleavy.

Reported by Charles F. Gardner of theĀ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel