When the Milwaukee Bucks acquired swingman Monta Ellis, power forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown just days before the trade deadline, the big story of the trade was the big piece (Andrew Bogut) heading to the Golden State Warriors.
At least that's what the Warriors front office kept saying.
For many in the basketball world, this trade was exciting because the Milwaukee Bucks had added two more pieces to a rapidly-improving (and youthful) roster.
Ellis seemed rejuvenated at the press conference, no longer the scapegoat for the Warriors' myriad problems.
But this was also a chance at a fresh start for the dynamic scorer. He had a new running mate, Brandon Jennings, who was nearly his equal in terms of scoring prowess. He had the chance to prove that his numbers were a product of his talent, not system-generated.
And as for Jennings, the trade opened a world of possibilities for one of the league's most exciting young talents. As productive as Bogut had been in Milwaukee, his slow, prodding play seemed a terrible fit with the athletic Jennings.
Now with a couple of gazelles (Ellis and Udoh) joining this herd of Bucks, there are reasons for excitement in Milwaukee. Eight reasons, in fact...