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Andrew Bogut may have a big impact in Golden State, but it probably won't be this year.
Sometimes actions speak louder than words—in fact, sometimes inaction speaks louder than words as well.
That's why the four teams listed above, none of which started the day holding one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference, have all in their own way declared the pursuit of a playoff berth this season all but finished.
Both Phoenix and Utah started the day as teams that weren't awful, but had also shown that they weren't going to be in the postseason. Both teams remained inactive throughout the day as well. Without improving their rosters, there's no logical reason to expect either team to make the playoffs.
Portland, on the other hand, started the day in shambles, and as of now appear to be in the process of "cleaning house." Yes, the team was only three-and-a-half games out of the playoff hunt, but they had lost four of their last five games and had shown a total lack of interest in competing on the court.
The Blazers lost by 42 points to the Knicks last night, and today the team jettisoned starting center Marcus Camby and starting forward Gerald Wallace, as well as firing head coach Nate McMillan. This season is being written off by the Blazers, who will try to start fresh next year.
Golden State is another team that was not that far removed from playoff contention, but saw an opportunity to shore up some of the team's more glaring deficiencies in exchange for competing night-in, night-out through the remainder of this season.
On Tuesday night, the Warriors dealt prolific scorer Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in exchange for former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut and swingman Stephen Jackson.
Bogut is a tough defensive presence who may miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. Jackson was dealt earlier today to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Richard Jefferson, another defensive-minded player.
Both the Warriors and Blazers are hoping for improvement in the 2012-2013 season.