the fact Ellis retired right after his ridiculous rookie contract was up speaks volumes about his work ethic
The importance of vetting and figuring the intangibles on players increases every year. Ya gotta wonder how many of these talented players purposefully have in their mind "I just wanna get through that contract" and go home. Ellis collected $30+million I beleieve.
Further on the issue of buying in... a good Fujita article
I can’t speculate about what’s in any one person’s head, but when a player enters the league wearing headphones incessantly, shows up late for treatments, and makes little effort to engage with his teammates, he can quickly develop a reputation for being insular and high-maintenance.
It can be perceived that he isn’t happy and that he’s not making an effort to buy in. I’ve seen this happen countless times, especially in today’s head down, keep-things-to-yourself culture.
Generally, you hope the player grows out of that coming into his second season, especially when there’s been a complete regime change and everyone is expected to prove themselves all over again. Some players buy in, and some don’t. Buy-in, even if it’s just perceived, goes a long way. You have to be willing to show you want to be part of the team.