Bucks, Warriors swap Bogut, Ellis
By The Sports Xchange
|The Bucks have reportedly dealt Andrew Bogut to the Warriors for a package that includes Monta Ellis. (DARREN HAUCK/Reuters)
The Golden State Warriors have agreed in principle to a trade that would send guard Monta Ellis along with Ekpe Udoh and the contract for Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for injured center Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night.
The Warriors have been trying to get a top-notch center for some time, and they paid a steep price to get Bogut because they gave up one of the NBA’s top scoring guards in Ellis, who is averaging 21.9 points and 6.0 assists in 37 games this season.
Ellis will be paired with point guard Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee to form a potentially formidable starting backcourt.
Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, but has played just 12 games this season and has not played since Jan. 25 because of a broken ankle. He was expected to be sidelined about 10 weeks from the time the injury occurred and may not be back this season.
One intriguing aspect of the trade is that the Warriors play the Bucks in Oakland on Friday.
“I know,” Ellis told reporters in Sacramento before leaving for Milwaukee.
Ellis said he learned about the trade by reading it on television.
“I don’t have a problem with that. It is what it is,” he said. “I kind of figured that something bad was going to happen today. I was prepared for it. I had some great years here and I had some bad ones. Thankfully I had an opportunity to do what I did here for seven years. It’s going in another direction here. I feel good. They were good to me here.”
His Warriors teammates were not happy when they learned of the trade.
“Everybody is upset but this is what happens,” said Ellis. “This is part of the league. They (the Warriors) have to continue to do what they do. I have no problem with it.”
Not long ago Ellis said he wanted to be a Warrior for life. “Everybody says that, but it doesn’t happen that way,” Ellis said.
Ellis has two years left on his contract totaling $22 million. He will make $11 million next season and has a player option worth $11 million for the 2013-’14 season. Bogut has two more years on his deal worth $27 million, part of a five-year extension he signed in the summer of 2008.
There had been earlier reports that the Magic was trying to swing a three-team trade that would send Ellis to Orlando and Bogut to Golden State, but the Warriors did not want to give Ellis to the Magic.
Jackson is back with the Warriors after being traded away early in the 2009-2010 season. He is averaging 10.5 points this season. Jackson had not played the last nine games while seeking to be traded. He is owed $10 million next season.