If you think the details of Warriors guard Monta Ellis' ankle injury are sketchy, the Warriors agree with you.
According to team sources, the Warriors have questions about the explanation Ellis gave them regarding how he sustained the injury. The team has launched an investigation, dispatching athletic trainer Tom Abdenour to Jackson, Miss., to take a look at Ellis.
Ellis informed the Warriors last Thursday that he had injured his left ankle working out in Jackson.
He had surgery on Wednesday in Alabama to repair a torn deltoid ligament in his left ankle. He also sustained a severe high ankle sprain and disruption of ligaments above the ankle joint. He is expected to miss a minimum of three months.
Team officials, according to one of the sources, are skeptical about Ellis' explanation of how the injury occurred because of its severity.
In a conference call with local media on Wednesday, executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin said he didn't know the details, only that "I was told he was working out in Jackson."
Warriors officials declined comment. Calls to Ellis were not returned.
Ellis signed a six-year, $66 million contract late last month, making him the team's highest-paid player. NBA contracts include clauses that exclude certain activities (e.g., motorcycle riding). If the Warriors find Ellis in violation, they could fine him, suspend him or terminate his contract.
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