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Golden State Warriors: 7 Potential Monta Ellis Trade Scenarios Revisited

Josh FuCorrespondent IJune 3, 2011

Golden State Warriors: 7 Potential Monta Ellis Trade Scenarios Revisited

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after the ball is given to the Boston Celtics on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Celtics defeated the Warriors 107-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    It's that time again, Warriors fans. It's no secret that ever since Jerry West was hired to partake in an "advisory role" with the team, all signs have pointed to a Monta Ellis trade.

    Even though speculation that about this trade has been going around since Stephen Curry was drafted back in 2009, it is now a more realistic possibility than ever before because of the presence of West and his opinion of Ellis.

    When asked about the Warriors' backcourt, West was quick to compliment Ellis, but he also immediately added that "size helps," as reported by the San Jose Mercury News. He also mentioned that he has seen many teams with high-scoring guards, but that that doesn't necessarily translate to wins. Since then, the Monta Ellis trade rumors have swirled incessantly.

    Unfortunately, West is right on both these points. Even Ellis himself predicted that such an undersized backcourt with two ball-dominating guards just wouldn't work. For the development of Curry as the point guard of the future, it looks like Ellis is going to have to leave the team.

    With that said, the following is a list of possible destinations for Ellis, as well as what the Warriors could get in return for him. I have also factored what I believe to be equal trade value and contracts into the equation.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    The particulars:

    Charlotte gets Monta Ellis.

    Golden State gets SF Tyrus Thomas, SG Gerald Henderson, and PG Shaun Livingston.

    What both teams gain:

    Ellis gets reunited with S-Jax, and Charlotte gets a secondary go-to scorer to build their team around. The team has been stuck in mediocrity, and they just barely missed the cut for the Eastern Conference playoffs last year. Acquiring a two-guard of Ellis' stature would probably be that difference-making acquisition that would help them claim the eighth spot in the playoffs next season.

    Golden State acquires a lot of young pieces and a lot more depth. It's no secret that the Warriors need a legitimate backup at the small forward position, and the explosive Thomas can be that guy. Though a decent player, Thomas has never lived up to his enormous potential due to a long history of injuries. However, he is still only 24 and could still turn his career around.

    Livingston is a big point guard who could provide solid backup minutes for Curry, and Henderson could possibly slide into the starting shooting guard slot as a replacement for Ellis. If not, the Warriors would probably have to look for another solution in the draft.

Orlando Magic

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    The particulars:

    Orlando gets SG Monta Ellis, C Andris Biedrins, PF Ekpe Udoh

    Golden State gets SG J.J. Redick, C Dwight Howard

    What both teams gain:

    This one is purely hypothetical, obviously. The contracts match up pretty well, but Dwight has recently shot down the trade rumors, indicating that he would like to stay in Orlando. Even if he were to be traded, he prefers to go to a big-market team such as Los Angeles or New York, to form another superstar trio. Seems like those are all the rage nowadays. A Warriors fan can dream though, right?

Philadelphia 76ers

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    The particulars:

    Philadelphia gets SG Monta Ellis, C Andris Biedrins

    Golden State gets SG Evan Turner, C Marreese Speights, PF Darius Songaila, PG Antonio Daniels

    OR

    Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala, straight-up.

    What both teams gain:

    In the first trade scenario, the Sixers would get a more natural scorer than Andre Iguodala to build their team around, allowing Iggy to become more of a facilitator without the burden of being "the guy" on the team. Philadelphia is also a young and up-tempo team, not unlike the Warriors, and Ellis would flourish in their system. Biedrins would give the Sixers a center with legitimate size, and he might be able to find his old form in a new environment.

    The Warriors would gain a promising young two-guard in the 6'7" Turner. Although Turner was inconsistent in his rookie season, he boasts a solid all-around game, and he was often one of the Sixers' best defenders last year.

    Speights is also a young player that has shown potential but hasn't been given enough minutes to produce. He could probably challenge for the starting spot on the Warriors. Songaila and Daniels are just expiring contracts.

    In the second trade scenario, Iguodala would have to slide back into the shooting guard position at Golden State. Over his career, he has actually been slightly more successful at the small forward spot, though. Ellis would immediately become the Sixers' best player and scorer, and they would have a very solid backcourt pairing in Ellis and Jrue Holiday.

Dallas Mavericks

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    The particulars:

    Dallas gets SG Monta Ellis

    Golden State gets SG Jason Terry, G Roddy Beaubois

    What both teams gain:

    Even if the Mavericks pull off an improbable NBA Finals victory, they need to start rebuilding very soon, with many of their core players getting older. The Mavs would gain a young franchise-type player in Ellis to rebuild their team around when Dirk Nowitzki retires in a few years. It would also free up that log-jam that they have at the guard position.

    At the advanced age 33, Terry is still a highly effective scorer off the ball and a solid long-range shooter. Admittedly, neither player that the Warrior would get in this trade would solve their size problems at the two-guard position. However, the athletic Beaubois would be a very good backup at both guard positions, or at least a valuable trading chip. This trade would probably necessitate further moves by the Warriors to further solidify their lineup.

Denver Nuggets

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    The particulars:

    Denver would get SG Monta Ellis, C Andris Biedrins

    Golden State would get C Nene Hilario, SG Arron Afflalo

    What both teams gain:

    This trade would most likely not get done until after the draft. The most likely scenario in which this trade would happen is a sign-and-trade for Nene. It is also contingent on the contracts matching up, after Afflalo signs a new one with the Nuggets. However, this trade actually fits a lot of needs for both teams.

    Denver doesn't have appear to have a great backup option at center for Nene, so Biedrins would step into that starting role. Given a fresh environment, his game might pick up where he left off with the Warriors circa 2008. After the departure of Carmelo to the Knicks, Denver ended up with a talented young core but no potential superstars. Ellis could fill that role as the team's go-to scorer and potential superstar down the line.

    Afflalo is a big guard who plays defense, knocks down 3s, and doesn't have to dominate the ball to be very effective. At 6'5", he is the perfect replacement for Ellis. Nene is a very durable and consistent 28-year-old center who would provide a great complement to the offensive-minded David Lee in the frontcourt. He is the intimidating post presence on both ends of the floor that the Warriors have been missing and could potentially push them into the playoffs.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    The particulars:

    Minnesota gets SG Monta Ellis, Warriors' 11th overall pick.

    Golden State gets C Darko Milicic, SF Michael Beasley, Timberwolves' second overall pick.

    What both teams gain:

    Minnesota gets a third young stud and perimeter threat to pair with Kevin Love. If Ricky Rubio actually lives up to the hype, the Timberwolves would actually be a very scary matchup next year.

    Golden State gets a good trading chip in Beasley. Although not a good defender, Beasley proved to be a very efficient scorer at the small forward position last year when healthy. He has a lot of upside if he keeps it together mentally and many teams could use his offensive skills.

    The seven-footer Milicic would be a serviceable center, as he has developed into a reasonably good shot-blocker and rebounder.

    What really matters in this trade is the swap of draft picks. The Warriors would get a chance to select Turkey's Enes Kanter, a potential franchise center to build around, or Arizona's Derrick Williams, a proven star at the NCAA level. Kanter would probably fit the Warriors' needs better, but Williams may simply be the better player. However, drafting Williams would probably eventually necessitate moving incumbent small forward Dorell Wright to the bench or trading Williams to a another lottery team.

Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15:  (L-R) Taj Gibson #22 and Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate a play against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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    The particulars:

    Chicago gets SG Monta Ellis and SF Dorell Wright.

    Golden State gets SF Luol Deng, SG Keith Bogans, PF Taj Gibson

    What both teams gain:

    Chicago would finally get the star at two-guard that they have been sorely lacking. Never was it more apparent for the Bulls than in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat that they need a second go-to scorer to take the pressure off of Derrick Rose. In Wright they would get a very good replacement for Deng and another three-point shooter to receive Rose's kick-out passes.

    At only 26, Deng is still relatively young and would fit in perfectly with the Warriors up-tempo style of play. Although not as prolific from the three-point line as Wright, Deng also has reliable range from beyond the arc. Besides that, Deng can do pretty much anything Wright can do but slightly better. He has a solid mid-range game and can play defense on opposing teams' best players.

    The defense-minded Bogans would be a serviceable fill-in at shooting guard while the Warriors searched for a better long-term replacement. This trade would probably necessitate going after a shooting guard in the first round of draft, for example Alec Burks of Colorado or Marshon Brooks of Providence.

    Gibson would be a great backup at either the power forward or center positions. He has shown the ability to defend the rim effectively and is very athletic for a 6'10" big man.

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