NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors Trading Monta Ellis for Danny Granger Makes No Sense

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors looks back to the New York Knicks bench after making a three point basket at Oracle Arena on December 28, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In Ric Bucher's Friday chat, he hinted that some in the Golden State Warriors camp would consider trading guard Monta Ellis for Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger.

When asked by a reader if there was a market for Granger, Bucher replied, via ESPN:

Not as big as you'd think, although I know some in the GSW camp would deal Monta Ellis for him. He's in that range of second-tier swingmen -- Iguodala, Ellis, Rudy Gay -- who are seen as very good but wildly overpaid.

Forget the fact that Ellis is a better player than Granger overall. What really makes this rumor so ridiculous is the fact that the Warriors don't need a small forward like Granger. They need as many big men as they can get (you only have to watch them against Dwight Howard on Thursday without Kwame Brown to understand this).

Ellis obviously has some trade value. He's averaging 24.6 points, a career-high 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals this season. This is after he averaged 24.1 points, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals on 45 percent shooting last season (Kobe Bryant went as far as to say he deserved to make the All-Star team).

In that sense, why not use their biggest trade chip for their biggest need? Why would the Warriors open up a hole at shooting guard while trading for a small forward when they have Dorrell Wright? Also, rookie Klay Thompson played well at small forward on Thursday.

It's becoming clear that the Warriors are steadfast on trading Ellis. He's been involved in too many trade rumors for them not to be. Plus, a small backcourt featuring him and Stephen Curry is tough to pull off in the NBA.

If the Warriors traded Ellis for Granger, it would show they still have no idea what they're doing, despite a change in ownership.

Ownership gave Warriors fans hope this offseason when they went after centers Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan. In some sense, recognizing a need and settling for Brown was a step forward in itself.

That's why I find it hard to believe they would go through with this trade.

In short, it doesn't make any sense.


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