Monta Ellis brings some speed to a very sluggish Bucks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors have completed a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. In this five player deal, the Warriors receive Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson, meanwhile the Bucks get Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown.
In terms of players, this trade may be a head-scratcher for most fans, but is honestly one of the most fitting trades in a while.
The Warriors backcourt has been a concern in Golden State ever since Stephen Curry came to the league, and this trade acts as a resolution for the dispute (finally!). With veteran Stephen Jackson filling in the spot of shot-happy Ellis, Curry will be able to play the role of a true point guard (fantasy owners, be happy) as opposed to handing it off to Ellis and watching him try to score one-on-one with his defender.
However, there is a catch, as there usually is with every "too good to be true" deal in life. Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut have missed a combined 42 out 80 games. Simply put, both players are extremely injury-prone and this could easily come back to haunt them in the future. If both players stay healthy, this team could become a dangerous threat in the West.
The Milwaukee Bucks seem to have taken a slight disadvantage from this trade, but if everything works out, they could actually end up being better than the Warriors. Just the thought of having a backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis is flat out scary. This duo will either be incredibly bad (problems sharing the ball, different play-styles, etc.) or incredibly good (could be the highest scoring backcourt). Regardless, there will be no middle ground.
Personally, this trade is extremely interesting for me, especially since I watched a Nets-Bucks game just yesterday. I watched in awe as Brandon Jennings single-handedly ripped apart the Nets defense, and remember thinking how much better this team would be if Jennings had some help on offense. When Ersan Ilyasova is your second option on offense, something needs to change. The Bucks (already eighth seed in the east) could potentially serve as a threat to any team in the league if BJ and Ellis show they can work together.