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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.

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Warriors trade Monta Ellis, Udoh to Bucks for Bogut, Stephen Jackson

This is Marcus’ story that he posted online a few minutes ago. He confirmed through team sources that the deal has gone through. Check back a little later for more from Marcus.

The Warriors have traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in a five-player deal that will bring center Andrew Bogut and ex-Warrior Stephen Jackson to Golden State, team sources confirmed.
Yahoo Sports first reported the deal that sends Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and the expiring contract of injured center Kwame Brown to Milwaukee.
Bogut, who represents the center the Warriors have been needing for years, is currently sidelined with a severely sprained ankle. It’s not certain when he’ll return to action.

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Monta Ellis Won’t Go Dwight Howard and Demand a Trade; But He is No Doubt Ready to Win

The annual tradition was delayed a bit thanks to the lockout. But, as usual, the trade deadline is near and Warriors guard Monta Ellis’ name is out there.

One thing was obvious, as Ellis talked after Tuesday’s shootaround inSacramento, it’s a song he’s pretty tired of hearing.

Yet, Ellis said he is unwilling to copy Howard, Chris Paul’s and Carmelo Anthony’s power move – demanding a trade to get to a desired location. Ellis said his preference is for the Warriors to become that desired location. But he was not opposed to the possibility of moving on.

“I have faith, plus I’m a loyal guy,” Ellis said. “That’s just not me. It’s just I’m different. My situation is different. I was a second-round pick. I started off making a few hundred thousand (dollars). To be where I am now, I’m grateful.”

Ellis said he doesn’t pay attention to trade rumors and speculation, dropping his trademark “it is what it is” line when asked. But you get the sense he hears enough for it to get on his nerves a bit.

He said he doesn’t look at being a wanted commodity as an accomplishment because, “I know where I stand.” He seems genuinely unmoved by his rising stature, no doubt aided by center Dwight Howard naming Ellis on his short list of Robins.

But as much as he may brush it off, the options floating out there has to sound enticing. Ellis is in his seventh year, he’s scored more than 8,000 points and for the last two-plus years has been the franchise player. Certainly, the opportunity to play for a contender has to be appealing.

“I probably could go to Orlando or Chicago and get a championship,” Ellis said. “But if they don’t move me, what can I do? Hopefully — if they don’t move me – they get somebody in here so we can win and I don’t have to go through this every year.”

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Three-Way Deal with Orlando and New Orleans Involving Monta Ellis Has No Legs

Team sources, once again, refute reports that Golden State is considering trading guard Monta Ellis to Orlando for anything other than Dwight Howard. Warriors management has held with that stance even though the latest possibility includes a third team – New Orleans. Orlando, however, is doing all it can to get some help for Howard in a bid to keep him around, as ESPN Chris Broussard reported.

One of the sources said the Warriors would not give up Ellis for Hornets center Chris Kaman, reportedly New Orleans’ key piece in the three-team talks. Golden State sources have consistently said they want a star in return if they move Ellis. Kaman, who is two years removed from his best year and is a free agent at season’s end, doesn’t qualify in the Warriors’ minds. There is basically no combination of players, from Orlando and/or New Orleans, that will make the Warriors part with Ellis.

As a matter of fact, the Warriors are embracing the reality that a trade – especially a major splash – won’t happen by Thursday’s trade deadline. One Golden State source the team would be OK if they didn’t pull off the trade now. That way, the Warriors can deal in the offseason, this time without the lockout hindrances from last offseason.

With that said, there is a faction in Warriors management that feels something needs to be done, even if it’s a smaller-scale deal.

 

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Monta Ellis Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Warriors guard Monta Ellis was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.

Ellis averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 assists last week. He also totaled eight steals and knocked down 8 of 12 from 3-point range.

Most important, he led the Warriors to a 3-1 record.GoldenStateposted wins over atWashington, against visitingDallas, and at the Los Angeles Clippers. And he did it while his backcourt mate, point guard Stephen Curry, was playing limited minutes thanks to a sprained right ankle.

Ellis had 21 points and 11 assists in Sunday’s win over the Clippers. It was his second 20-and-10 game this season and the 14th of his career.

Is this great timing for the Warriors or a meaningless award? The way Ellis has been playing, you’ve got to wonder if his value has skyrocketed a bit. A little national attention can’t hurt. Or, does it make him that much harder to get from the Warriors, who now REALLY need a big name in return for their nationally recognized star?

Perhaps, the better Ellis gets the harder he is to trade. Or does this help their bid to land the big they covet?


					
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Stephen Curry in the Starting Lineup

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said he will return to the starting lineup tonight. Curry hasn’t started in six games since he sprained the deltoid ligament in his right foot.

He’s come off the bench the last two games. He played nine minutes at Washington on Monday and 24 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday. Curry said his right foot has responded well so he’s ready for more minutes.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some energy being back with the first unit,” Curry said.

Curry said he’s almost positive coach Mark Jackson and the team doctors have some minutes limitations in mind.

When he came off the bench, Curry played more shooting guard than anything, partly cause Jackson didn’t want Curry chasing around point guards on a ginger foot. Knowing his minutes were limited, he said he was aggressive about looking for his shot. Curry totaled 27 points on 12 of 18 shooting in 33 minutes.

Since he’ll be doing more than looking for his own shot, Curry said a big scoring night is not a guarantee. Keeping up that scoring efficiency over longer minutes would be a tall order.

“It would be nice,” Curry said. “I’d average about 40 points.”