With the NBA’s Thursday (March 15) trade deadline looming, the Milwaukee Bucks have made a move, agreeing to a deal to send Andrew Bogut to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for scoring threat Monta Ellis.
According to NBA.com, the Bucks will also receive forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown, while also sending guard Stephen Jackson out west in the trade as well.
Speaking before Golden State’s game at Sacramento, Ellis said he and Udoh were headed back to Oakland.
“It’s not a bad thing, man,” Ellis said. “Not at all. We are going to another team to do the same thing we love to do. I’m riding back home with him.”
Ellis recently said he wanted to stay with the Warriors long term, but apparently, you don’t always get what you want. “Sometimes it (doesn’t) always work out like that.”
Bogut is currently expected to sit out the rest of the season with a fractured left ankle, and that’s been the story for the Australian 7-footer since entering the league. He was the Bucks’ #1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, and when healthy has played very well, averaging 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 408 career games.
However, Bogut has missed a lot of games. He sat out the end of the 2009-10 season when he dislocated his right elbow, sprained his right wrist and broke his right hand in a hard fall to the floor. The injury bothered him for much of last season. He also missed significant time with an injured lower back in the 2008-09 season; and now will miss the rest of this season … and the Bucks have struggled without him.
As far as Ellis, he has been the Warriors’ main offensive threat for the last several seasons. This year, he’s averaging 21.9 points.
But, the Warriors haven’t reached the playoffs since 2007 — that’s when Baron Davis led the team to the second round after stunning the Dallas Mavericks in the first round to become the first eight-seeded team to beat a one-seeded team in a seven-game series.
Ellis signed a six-year, $66 million contract in July 2008.
Jackson is healthy, and so is Udoh. Kwame Brown is expected to be out for the season with a chest injury.