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.