According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors have agreed in principle to a deal that sends center Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to Golden State in exchange for shooting guard Monta Ellis, sophomore Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. This is the first NBA trade deadline transaction, and it is a major one at that.
Both organizations fill major holes on their roster, as both Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis will improve their respective teams considerably. But in the end, who came out as victors in this deal?
The Milwaukee Bucks, who are trying to steal the eighth playoff spot from the star-studded New York Knicks, improved their chances considerably of accomplishing a playoff berth. Not only did they rid themselves of Stephen Jackson, who has been disgruntled with the team, but they acquire a top-tier scorer in the form of Monta Ellis.
Ellis, who is averaging 22 points per game, is a perfect complement to Brandon Jennings. The former Warriors guard will help alleviate the pressure on Brandon Jennings to score for his squad.
Plus, acquiring Ekpe Udoh should not be overlooked, as the former sixth-overall pick holds a considerably amount of potential. He may never be a star, but will develop into a quality role player.
Kwame Brown was also a nice addition for the Bucks, as his contract expires this offseason and will open up cap space.
Losing Andrew Bogut is a huge blow in the long-term, but doesn't harm their quest for a playoff spot, as he is questionable to return from an ankle injury this season.
Golden State Warriors
If there has been one takeaway from Golden State's last two seasons, it is the unfortunate fact that guards Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis would never have been able to coexist. The two guards were too similar, as both were shoot-first players.
By substituting Stephen Jackson in for Monta Ellis, the Golden State Warriors have improved their starting backcourt tremendously. Sure, the veteran Jackson is not nearly as talented as Ellis, but Jackson, who has played for the Warriors before, is definitely better suited next to Curry than his predecessor.
The addition of Andrew Bogut, however, is the real reason Warriors fans should be giddy. Despite the fact that he will probably not suit up again this season, Bogut fills a huge gap in the middle for Golden State.
Over the past few seasons, the Warriors have become desperate to find a quality starting center. After the failed Andris Biedrins experiment and losing out on the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes, Andrew Bogut will be welcomed with open arms when he arrives in his new city.
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