This trade was obviously very unpopular among Warriors fans, who cherished Ellis as the team's franchise player and the only player who had true "star" potential. They then voiced their disapproval by booing owner Joe Lacob during Chris Mullin's retirement ceremony.
However, all is not lost for the Warriors. Sure, they did trade away their best player. Sure, the remaining games this season are meaningless. But, they did make an effort to rebuild, strengthen their weaknesses and look forward to the future. Here are three reasons why the Warriors are actually better off without Monta Ellis.
This just reminds me of former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary's infamous rant, in which he singled out and criticized Vernon Davis.
My favorite quote from this rant? "Cannot play with him, cannot win with him ... can't do it."
Although it is to a much lesser degree, the same arguments can be made about Monta Ellis.
"Cannot play with him." Ellis came out publicly in 2009, and straight up said that he could not play alongside point guard Stephon Curry.
"Us together? No," Ellis told reporters. "Can't. We just can't. ... Just can't. They say you can? They say you can ... but you can't. I just want to win and you're not going to win that way."
It was widely rumored throughout the past three years that one of them would be traded, to grant Ellis' wish.
Now that Ellis is gone, the Warriors are Steph's team.
"Cannot win with him." Face it, no team is going to win with a 6'3" 185-lb. shooting guard as its go-to player. Former Warriors coach Don Nelson reiterated that during a chat with the Warriors broadcasters during a game.
For the skeptics out there, look at the facts. Monta Ellis was with the Warriors for seven years (2005-2012). Aside from the "We Believe" playoff team in 2007, how much have the Warriors won?
At the end of the day, no matter how good the player is, if the team is not going in the right direction with him at the helm, change has got to come. It's no use to keep him around if the results have already been tried and true: "can't do it."
OK, enough with Mike Singletary. Here's the main reason why the Golden State Warriors are better without Monta Ellis:
Andrew Bogut is an absolute monster on the basketball court. Warriors fans haven't seen him play much since Milwaukee isn't exactly the biggest NBA market.
But Bogut is exactly what the Warriors need, and have been desiring for the past 30 years. Think about it this way: The last time the Warriors have had a truly skilled center was Robert Parish back in 1979.
Bogut is a walking double-double in points and rebounds, and last season averaged 2.6 blocks a game.
Warriors fans should be ecstatic that this trade went down. Yes, he probably will not play this season, but look at the potential starting lineup the Warriors have for next season:
PG - Stephen Curry
SG - Klay Thompson
SF - Draft Pick (Hopefully top 5 pick) / Free Agent / Brandon Rush / Dominic McGuire
PF - David Lee
C - Andrew Bogut
In my opinion, this lineup, if healthy, could make the Warriors perennial playoff contenders for the next several years.
So what do you think? Are the Warriors better without Monta Ellis?