According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, Jacksonian Monta Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent in this coming NBA off season.

Ellis, who originally signed a six-year, $66 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, is close with Lakers free agent Dwight Howard. The two have long desired to play together.

If Howard cannot achieve his top goal of playing with Chris Paul, teaming up with Ellis may become an option he would strongly consider.

Remember, Monta does have a nearly-$2 million-dollar home in Memphis.