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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. plum13sec - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Ellis is a beast. sometimes teams undervalue there best performers and really make you scratch your head

  2. borderline1988 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Last year, the Nuggets fleeced the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo. This year, Ellis, who’s pretty much the same type of player as Carmelo is, gets traded for much less.

    That being said, while it sucks to lose Udoh, I don’t think Ellis is as valuable as people make him out to be. He’s not an efficient scorer, plays no defense, and lacks any kind of intangible basketball skills. Ellis is not a starter that a championship team would want. He should be like a Jason Terry or Jamal Crawford – coming off the bench. Otherwise, he’s what everyone knows him to be: a great scorer on a bad team.

    Seeing how Carmelo is working out with the Knicks, it’s no wonder teams weren’t lining up to get Ellis.

    • berger987 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      Yes, this is true. While I still don’t like the trade, Monta Ellis will not ever win a title. A 6’3″ shooting guard does not get it done, just simply doesn’t. Why do you think the Warriors got rid of him?

      That said, Bogut honestly can’t be the best player the Warriors could get. I bet Stephen Jackson doesn’t even play 5 games with the Dubs after that nasty break-up last time.

      They made a deal just to make a deal.

    • khandor - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Agreed, 100%. Those who think the Bucks win this trade by a landslide ar simply WAY OFF base.

      That said … I like Udoh a great deal, and the Warriors will miss him moving forward.

      The PG combination of Curry, Robinson and Jenkins is more more productive than most NBA observers realize.

      Ellis won’t be missed by Golden State at all.

      If Jackson is even a shadow of his former self, it would not surprise me at all, if the Warriors have a better W-L record moving forward from this point to the end of the regular season schedule than they’ve had to now.

      And, if G-State can manage to add a relatively healthy Bogut [C] to their team, down-the-road, inconjunction with Mr. Biedrins [C], this deal won’t be a killer for them in the least.

  3. 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Is this for real!? An actual trade went down and not another rumor!?

    Wow, GSW got killed on this deal, if your a Bucks fan how could you not love this? They got rid of S. Jax and found a taker for a guy who will never be 100% ever again!

    If your a GSW fan…sorry for you guys. Your team is now revolved around 2 players, Guard and C, that need to be put in bubble wrap after every game that they make it out of. Basically you guys are the new version of the Houston Rockets’ McGrady and Yao.

    Should be interesting to see how Jackson goes about this being how he forced his way out of the bay a few years ago. At least he’ll get playing time.

    Now, LET THE TRADES BEGIN!!!!!!! Finally someone got the courage to pick their ass up off the wall, get a girl and start dancing!

  4. 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Oh yeah, I know it’s Milwaukee and all, but you got to think Monta is at least a bit excited knowing he can actually make an all-star team next year hands down!

  5. fm31970 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Bucks win. Jackson gone +1. Injured Bogut gone +1. Kwame’s expiring contract +1. Ellis’ lack of defense -1.Promising young center in Udoh +1.

  6. SOSB - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Nobody but the most biased Warrior fan could be happy about this. You get rid of your leading scorer, the #6 pick in last year’s draft AND a giant expiring and all you get is a center who has missed 40% of his teams’ games in the last 4 years and a malcontent who they traded years back because we wanted a new contract (and still does)?


    And yeah, now they pin their hopes to Bogut and Steph’s flimsy ankles.

    Awesome plan.

  7. jb24fan - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    This is just awesome for us Bucks fans, all three of us love this deal. They end up with a washed up jerk and damaged goods while we get young talent and one of the best scorers in the NBA. Absolutely hosed them. Go Bucks Go!

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM


      “This is just awesome for us Bucks fans, all three of us love this deal. …”

      LMAO! What a great sense of humor, I laughed so hard I started choking. Caught me off guard, I give it up to you on that one. Good for you guys man, you robbed the bank and did it without a ski mask! Fear the Deer

      • jb24fan - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Haha thanks, Milwaukee’s fan base isn’t half of what Golden State’s is! I envy a lot of the league’s fan bases.

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