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Warriors reach deal to send Ellis to Bucks for Bogut, Jackson

Mar 13, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

Monta Ellis, Chris Singleton AP

What happened to the Golden State franchise that would only trade Monta Ellis to Orlando if they got Dwight Howard back? This isn’t that.

In the first of the deadline trades this year, Golden State will send Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo broke the story, which has since been confirmed by multiple sources.

I don’t love this for either team, but I think it could be the start of some good things in Milwaukee.

I don’t get it at all for Golden State. The Warriors have been desperate in their search for a center and when healthy Andrew Bogut is one of the top five true centers in the league — but he has not been fully healthy for more than two seasons. Bogut suffered a serious elbow injury that caused him to miss the playoffs two seasons ago and led to a serious drop in shooting production last year (which he missed the first quarter of due to the injury and multiple surgeries). This season it was more of the same before he fractured his ankle, keeping him out at least until the playoffs start.

Stephen Jackson, who was in Scott Skiles doghouse in Milwaukee, will return to the Bay Area, where he had his best seasons and was a fan favorite. But he is not the same player now.

For Golden State, this is really a gamble on Bogut’s health. And Stephen Curry, who is now the unquested leader of this team but with a bum ankle. Also, for a team that wants to be known for defense I don’t really like this move.

The Bucks wanted to move on from Bogut and do well to add a prolific scorer from the perimeter in Monta Ellis, a guy who loves to run and is a fearless gunner. Their offense has been terrible for a couple seasons now and Ellis will score them points. It can help them as they fight for one of the final playoff spots in the East.

But a Brandon Jennings/Ellis backcourt on a Scott Skiles coached team? That is a potential minefield.

By getting Udoh, the Bucks get a defensive center for the future. Skiles will like that and he is young.

My question for the Bucks is what kind of team do they want to be, and is Skiles the guy to coach that team? They have the potential to run and have a high-scoring backcourt with Ellis and Jennings, but they have to really turn them loose.

I like what Milwaukee did here as a first step, this was a good haul for them for an injured center. The Warriors are really rolling the dice on both the health of Bogut and  Curry. Not sure I love those odds.

  1. darealrandolph - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    now for sure d12 will be wearing a nets uniform

  2. InFact - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    “Not sure”…? What exactly does that statement mean?…How about a stronger opinion? (e.g., “Yes” or “No”….)

  3. imjustsayingthatsall - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Wait….what? Wait until the Warriors GM wakes up tomorrow and realizes what he’s just done!!! Cocaine’s a hell of a drug!

  4. jkrall920 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Love it for the Bucks. Gotta can Skiles though.

  5. rsahajpa - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Enter Don Nelson, Bucks fans.

  6. jjordannba - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Well there goes the Knicks playoff hopes

  7. ditka96 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I think the Bucks might ship Ellis to Orlando.

  8. jjordannba - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Good move for the bucks They’ve been playing without Bogut most of the season anyway and still hold the 8th seed and Jackson was a non-factor. Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Dunleavy, Ilyasova, and Drew Gooden solid starting lineup. Ilyasova and Gooden have been ballin lately.

  9. losangelasbasketball - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    do you think golden state fans will continue to wear their kwame brown jersies to the games?

  10. theripster30 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    How can’t you love this for Milwaukee? It is pretty clear if you know anything about the team. Bogut won’t play again this year. Jackson was useless to the Bucks, and they were willing to lower their standards a bit just to lose him and his contract. Since the All-Star break, Milwaukee has looked very good. Playoff good. Now, the trade happens and they end up getting two brand new players (three if you count Kwame, who I believe is out for the year) for that system, while losing nobody whom is a contributor. The talent of Ellis and the size of Udoh, consider Milwaukee a shoe-in. This is a great trade for the Milwaukee Bucks!

  11. gmsalpha - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Wow. I hate to say it, but Golden State just took a dump in their own mouth on this one. It’ll be tough sledding for the Warriors until they get that fancy pants new downtown SF arena.

  12. spellingcopfather - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Everyone on bucks will be lucky to see the ball once a game on OFF, with B.J & M.E on the same team!!!

  13. finley88thebeast - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    awesome deal for the bucks go Jennings and Ellis…get your tickets now

  14. rastaraider - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I’m sure the bay area is not happy about this .. I know I’m not

  15. jobotjones - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    jennings and ellis? damn.

  16. SOBEIT - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I will not watch another Warriors game. What the hell are they doing? The only bright spot on the team was Ekpe and Ellis. Now we have an injured Curry who will never be healthy, and injured Bogut, a lame Jackson…and we are still left with Biedrens, an erratic player in Wright, Lee must be pissed. What, are we going bring Baron Davis back and try to recreate WE Believe. Warriors fans will errupt with anger on this trade.

    Ekpe was amazing on defense and he was getting better game by game on offense. The new owners are idiots. The Warriors are way worse with this trade. Milwaukee robbed the Warriors!

  17. alexb64 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Gotta feel bad for the people in Orlando. Warriors say they’d only deal Ellis to Orlando with Howard coming in return, then trade him for Andrew Bogut.

  18. velascochad - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    after this season the GM of warriors will get fired and work at Mcdonald’s

  19. detroitcityryda - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I’d rather play in Kazakhstan warrior league then in Milwaukee

    • boiler72 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Really? I’d rather live in Milwaukee than that sh*thole you call Detoilet. Get over yourself, Detroit sucks. Have fun ducking bullets on Gratiot Avenue and 8-Mile, moron.

    • simonizer85 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Well Boiler beat me to it, but honestly, I have left treats in the toilet with more curb appeal than Detroit

  20. g49arcia - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    This trade is ridiculous. the bucks get better but what do the Warriors get? this trade just says that the warriors are giving up this year. as a warriors fan this is a BS trade

  21. greej1938l - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Detroits as dirty a city as u can get in America haha! #jenningsEllisBallin!

  22. bparmalee - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    That is a hell of a lot for Jackson (a guy the Bucks banished) and Bogut with his history. I am shocked the Bucks were able to get this much. Ellis is a legit scorer (though I’m not sure him and Skiles will enjoy each other) and Udoh is far from a throw in player. The Warriors gave up way too much in this deal. I just don’t see how this was the best deal they could get. The Bucks GM should get executive of the year for getting this trade. Even if they have to move Ellis next season (and they most likely will) I am sure they will get more for him than the Warriors did. Don’t stop now John Hammond… get the Magic on the phone and see if you can get Dwight Howard for Drew Gooden and IIyasova.

  23. lakerluver - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Kwame Brown is STILL in the NBA?! Bogut would be a pretty good center but he just can’t seem to stay healthy. Overall my reaction to this deal: YAWN!!!

  24. lakerluver - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Jennings and Ellis will give up as many points as they’ll score.

  25. md23rewlz - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Corpse of Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut’s elbow for corpse of Kwame Brown and Monta Ellis. How is this not a huge win for Milwaukee? You get one of the best scoring guards in the league and all you give up is an injury plagued center? AND you’re freeing yourself from Stephen Jackson?

    • boiler72 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      As a long-suffering Bucks fan, I love the trade. Bogut is a class act and it’s sad that his injuries have robbed him of being effective. I’m shocked the Warriors were this stupid – this trade is nowhere near being even. That said, I’m going to wait until the deadline is over – Ellis could still get traded again for picks or something. But I’d like to see him and Jennings in the same backcourt. If they’re good, then to hell with Scott Skiles.

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