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Monta Ellis on Trade: “It is What it Is … Not a Bad Thing at All”

The tenure of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis came to an abrupt end Tuesday.

Hours before tip-off against the rival Sacramento Kings, the Warriors agreed in principle to trade Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks, along with second-year big man Ekpe Udoh and the expiring contract of injured center Kwame Brown.

“It’s not a bad thing,” Ellis said as he got dressed to leave. “Not a bad thing at all.”

In exchange, the Warriors get Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut, potentially quenching the franchise’s thirst for a big man. Golden State also gets swingman Stephen Jackson, who helped choreograph the We Believe playoff run in 2007 before leaving the franchise on bad terms in November 2009.

The news left the Warriors locker room stunned. Several players, choosing not to comment on the record, expressed displeasure at the move. Udoh, after going through pre-game warm-ups, found out while watching the television in the locker room.

“I really don’t want to talk about it,” he said to the media. “Thanks.”

Besides losing their best player, one of the primary concerns among the players was the remainder of the season. The Warriors are just three games back of a playoff spot and, after two straight victories over winning teams, were feeling good about their chances.

But not only did the Warriors lose two of their best players, they get back a player who is injured. Bogut is not expected back before April thanks to a fractured left ankle.

“So we’re giving up on the season?” one player asked.

The deal is not yet official. Co-owner Joe Lacob, general manager Larry Riley and assistant general manager Bob Myers are all at Power Balance Pavilion for the game. They all declined to comment.

Marcus Thompson

  • joey

    Stupidest trade ever but the Warriors have always been about stupid trades and lousy big man draft picks. One thing that has not changed is the ownership and management lies like the previous regime.

    The heart of the team has been ripped out and I suspect the morale will be at an all time low. The team will get blown out of several games and get their draft pick which will amount to not much of an improvement in the next couple of years and then they will start over for the 15th time in 25 years.

    This team is not worth watching anymore.

  • joey

    Owner/management declining to comment says everything on this lame move.

  • Pretzel

    Stay classy GSW…how can you not inform the man he has been traded. I really wanted to give this regime a 2nd chance but I just dislike how they run their business.

    Also why was Udoh part of this deal anyway if we aren’t getting some picks back. I don’t see the sense in giving up your best and most durable player with a big man with upside who was a high draft choice also.

    What happened to emphasizing defense and trying to get players who follow that mantra? How does sending your best defender away help with the cause?

  • Derek

    What a group of idiots ! Monta for garbage. Throw away a season when they’re 3 games out of the playoff race.

    It’s unbelievable management could be that garbage. How does Riley keep his job. You don’t just trade to make trades, trading for injured garbage and a total loser in Jackson. Did they hold a gun to Rileys head, geez that guys an idiot.

  • Grey Warden

    Well, the Monta haters/ Curry lovers got their wish. I wonder what their excuses will be when we have 2 of our biggest pieces injured next season, a cancerous whiner in SJax (although I hope he gets traded in the offseason), and an even worse record than we have now.

  • dakirw

    Sorry to see Monta go, but trading a small for a good big isn’t a bad risk to take. Looking forward to a top 7 pick in this year’s draft!

  • chezshoppa

    I AM LIVID!!!! THIS IS RICHMOND/OWENS, WEBBER/GUGLIOTTA ALL OVER AGAIN! IVE SUPORTED THE WARRIORS THROUGH THICK AN THEN AND THEY’RE BURNING ME AGAIN. SHITS LIKE A BAD RELATIONSHIP WITH A BAD WOMEN. ANDREW BOGUT!!! REALLY!!!!.???? OH SO WE JUST GOT BACK ANKLES ALL OVER THE PLACE! I SAID IT ALL SEASON. TRADE STEPH CURRY. THEY SHOULD HAVE TOOK THAT STRAIGHT UP. LET JACK RUN POINT FOWARD AND START CHARLES JENKINS WHOSE MORE OF A POINT GAURD THAN STEPHWHOSE ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO IS WORSE THAN MONTE ELLIS. SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, WE TRADE THE HEART OF OUR TEAM WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE OUR LEADING SCORER AND PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND ONE OF THE TOP FIVE GAURDS IN THE LEAGUE AND OUR STARTING CENTER AND DEFENSIVE CATALYST FOR A GUY WHO BURNED US ALREADY AND A NUMBER 1 PICK WHO’S CAN’T EVEN TELL U THE LAST TIME HE PLAYED 82 GAMES? GREAT JOB PETER, JERRY, AND LARRY THIS IS JUST WHAT WE ASKED FOR AT THE TRADE DEADLINE. A GUY WE CAN’T EVEN USE THE REST OF THE SEASON. IM BOYCOTTING ALL GAMES AND CHANGING MY TEAM TO OLKAHOMA ON NBA 2K12!! YOU ALLL SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pam

    Gee and April Fool’s Day is a couple of weeks from Now. I wish this was a bad joke! Are they trying to drive fans away?

  • Stan

    Not a bad trade..you must be kidding yourselves if you thought all those trades involving Boston,LA,and Orlando where RILEY thought he could do straight up trades for a star from the best teams in the nba for Monta were going to happen. Is this the best trade?..eh,you have to be realistic.

  • Stan

    THINK OKLAHOMA….then then think Oakland.

  • Dann

    Honestly the WORST trade . How are the Warriors going to trade one of the top guards in the league and a pure scorer. On top of that , they’re letting go of ekpe udoh who has undoubtful potential. Both players rising in the NBA, both starters for the Warriors, and both key pieces in the change for the Warriors franchise, given away to an injury prone center and a long forgotten Stephen Jackson. People may say it’s not a bad deal, that’s just optimism. This will lower the Warriors morale lessening their chances into the playoffs for the next couple of years unless better trades are made in the future. This is definitely a low time for all the Warriors fans.

  • Niners in 2012

    Great trade Warriors!! Don’t worrry about these mad fans posting here, they will see the light eventually. Brilliant move!!

  • The JFB

    First time I ever commented on here.

    Live in ABQ, NM, diehard Warriors fan, buy the NBA ticket every year.

    What a freaking disaster. We will be lucky to get 100 games out of Bogut before he ship him out of town in disgust.

    Cap Jack?? LMAO.

    Not that upset about Ellis, but I think Udoh will be a better player than Bogut, probably next year.

    I hate this team that I love so much. Man they piss me off.

  • The JFB

    What a freaking disaster. We will be lucky to get 100 games out of Bogut before he ship him out of town in disgust.

    I would rather have just let Ellis leave town for nothing, and get the cap space.

  • Jordan Pena

    WTF! We trade are top scorer to the bucks and a tall rebounder and scorer for garbage. Now we are a piece of crap. Tnx a lot warrior owners or whoever even thought of trading monta. Why would u trade udoh and ellis in the first place. the warriors are now DEAD!

  • Derek

    Larry Riley gets screwed more than a gay guy in prison. The guy gets burned annually. He traded jackson for VRAD and a broken bell. Now he gets jackson back coupled with a always broken big for our best player ??

    How does this clown remain employed as a GM.

  • Frank

    These guys are worse than Cohan, how can you dump your best player, all-star quality, your best defender and getting better every game, both very young and improving for a broken center and an old malcontent who you just got rid of after flipping you the bird!

    Bucks are very lucky, I am not a basketball expert, but it just seems much simpler than these clowns in control make it. Wow, I am speechless

  • Claxtonater

    The worst things is if the GM just agreed to be part of the Dwight trade they would have gotten better players or at least trade assets back. Bogut i feel is two slow a center for the Western Conference, and when the bucks went west this season they were dogged by that fact. Plus he can’t stay healthy, this is the second year in a row he’s sat out a lot of games due to injuries. Cap.Jack shouldn’t be on any team , he’s a selfish volume shooter,gets outplayed on D, worries about his next contract ext. rather than gelling with his team( why’s hes been benched so far). Way to reward the fans Peter and Joe.

  • commish

    Only time will tell, but this helped me make up my mind to renew because any more years with a sub-500 team featuring a very imbalanced team was more than I could take. Enough was enough. Lacob really took a risk and I salute him for that. Now, how to “flip” that cancer Jackson. I never want to see his frowning scowl at the Oracle again. But how do we flip him? Maybe Orlanda will take he and Biedrins for Howard. Well, maybe not. Anyway, I am looking forward to some serious tanking and a draft pick this year. Only question remaining is whether Coach Jackson gets another year. Personally, I wouldn’t give him one, but what do I know….

  • JM95054

    Another great move the W’s getting rid of our best player (sarcasm). That’s what we do best. Get rid of our best player and get nothing back in return. We are effin cursed.

  • robert rowell

    #11 you’re kidding, right? orlando trading howard for garbage?

    there will be no tank, friends. this team won’t be much worse without ellis, and the Ws cannot HOPE to be as bad as they have to be to keep their pick. essentially, they have to lose every single game for the rest of the season. not happening.

    so, without having a pick this year or the cap space to sign a quality free agent for the next two years, i don’t see this team being much of a contender. playoffs next year? mmmm, 8 seed, maybe. depends on how healthy bogut and curry are — and that’s a big worry. neither of them are exactly iron men.

    read some of the buck’s blogs to get their fan’s take on this. they AREN’T sad to see bogut go.

  • John Starks

    Not feelin’ it. Not even remotely.

    I’ll wait before I completely condemn this move but Bogut raises serious durability questions.

    And there’s still a chance Monta could wind up in Orlando.

    For some reason, I feel like I just got hustled. I guess we’ll see what happens next.

  • AP

    How do you guys know that jerry west didn’t endorse the trade as well???? I bet if they came out on paper on top you’d all say this was wests doing and the other guys are along for the ride. No one knows what really happened

  • Richard

    …(sigh)

  • GSWFAN16

    I agree with “niners in 2012″. Monta could have opted out of his contract at the end of the year. I loved Udoh, but he is too small to play a center all year. Loved Monta and all he brought to the team, but seriously guys, even if we went 10-0 and made the playoffs, were we going to battle with a center like Andris? Charles Jenkins might be a legit point guard, maybe we could move Steph to the #2. Or Steph stays where he is at, and maybe Klay can be a big shooting guard. Either way, Klay can now be a starter and shine like his dad did. And now we have 2 big men that our guards can pick and roll with. Bye bye Andris.

  • PhillyJ

    Great trade. Bogut will make W fans forget about Monta.

  • Michael

    Oh and one more thing!! Monte in particular and the other guys also deserved much better than to find out by television. That was real classy Warrior Management!! That really makes you want to play and/or root for them.

  • marquee jackson

    Bogut is plagued with injuries for the 7 years he’s been in the league so we get nothing for a player who has been leading the Ws for several years. I think we had the pieces and needed to add to it but we went the opposite direction. Dont know that Bogut is the answer. Stephen will be traded possibly to Orlando.

    The key here is if Bogut can stay healthy.

  • Yoda

    The only guy in this deal I’m sad about is Udoh, who I like. This deal has some risk because of Bogut’s health, but it’s not a big risk because he’s only signed four two more seasons and all we gave up really was a guy who’s been standing in the way of progress for years.

    The best part of this move is that the Warriors management finally saw through the “Monta Ellis is a star” crap and started thinking about the future instead of tonight’s gate.

    Great job Warriors. Maybe there’s hope.

  • Derek

    Fire Riley or Lacob sell the team. What a dysfunctional group of pansies. The team now has no speed or ability to penetrate. No shot blocker on inside presense for the rest of the season. No consistent scorer and team moral is tanked as the players see the writing on the wall. 3 games out of the playoffs and you blow-up the team to save a draft pick.

    Lots of class and balls as well. Letting the guys find out he was traded via television after 7 yrs of devoted service (in Monta’s case). The least the scrubs could have done was call the guys in, informed them they’d been traded and thanked them for their services. I do that with my own employees as I believe everyone deserves respect no matter the situation.

  • Derek

    The claim that the Warriors never won with Monta, is a false claim, he was the last real player left from the blown up play off squad.

    Andrew Bogus has never made his team better, they suck worse than the Warriors, the guy has obviously never been a difference maker.

    As for that malcontent/loser Jackson, he was run out of GS, Charlotte and Milwaukee, two sorry teams had no use for that bozo, yet we take him back as a condition for giving up our best guy for a broken center.

    We even gave them an up and coming big and quality defender, plus a 7 million dollar expiring contract, which now means no playing in next years free agent market. Damn, how stupid can the management team be. They are in completely over their heads.

  • Angrygswfan

    So we traded our best player for a unproven crippled big and an asshole that got booed in his last game as a warrior…

  • Bucks!!!!

    I”m from milwaukee and i honestly think we got the better part of the trade also….. I always thought since the bucks ever drafted bogut he was going to end up getting hurt all the time and i really don’t think he ever AMAZED me. Bucks squad now is jennings, monta, gooden, udoh, and kwame when he’s back, besides that i honestly don’t like anyone else on the team they need to get better bench players, but we might have a chance to get in the playoffs this year were 8th seed right now