Will S-Jax Be a Warrior for a Second Time?
Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday evening that the Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors agreed to a trade that will send Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and former Warrior Stephen Jackson.
The Warriors were in need of a center and decided to take a chance on Bogut, the former No. 1 overall pick back in 2005 who has dealt with various injuries (wrist, hand, ankle) and may not be ready to contribute until the end of this season or sometime next season.
The Bucks move an unhappy Bogut and Jackson, as Jackson had no role on the team and was becoming a problem for head coach Scott Skiles. It will be interesting to see how the backcourt duo of Ellis and Brandon Jennings play together in Milwaukee for the remainder of the season and possible foreseeable future.
According to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, the Warriors could very well be looking to move Jackson once more before the deadline.
Warriors could still trade Stephen Jackson, team sources said. Fielding offers for him. Could use to get a big— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) March 14, 2012
It is unclear at this time which teams would be interested in acquiring Jackson, who has had issues with coaches in the past (see Skiles, Don Nelson), though he can be a positive contributor if he truly wants to be one.
Jackson will have an expiring contract in 2012-13 ($10,060,000), so maybe a team will take a chance on him. And if things do not work out, he could just be a trade candidate next season also.
This trade appears to be a great one for the Bucks, as they now have a dynamic backcourt, while the Warriors hope to have an injury-free Andrew Bogut in the Bay Area.