NBA Trade Speculation: Golden State Warriors Can't Be Stubborn with Monta Ellis

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIFebruary 26, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warariors and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers go for a loose ball at Oracle Arena on February 20, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It is clear that the Golden State Warriors need to do something dramatic, as their old formula is not working. The most dramatic thing they can do while bringing in quality is to trade Monta Ellis.

Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com quoted Warriors general manager Larry Riley, who isn't taking the right approach to the deadline for the GM of a losing team.

"We're working day and night and we're hopeful...But what will not happen is, we won't do something that sets us back just to do a deal. We want to find the right deal, and if we get one of those we'll do it. I don't know what the odds of it are right now."

Howard-Cooper added the following about Ellis, who is no stranger to trade talks.

Monta Ellis has long been the focus of trade speculation, and now his backup, rookie Klay Thompson, is playing better by the week and drawing glowing reviews within the organization.

The Warriors' recent history has been dismal. Yes, they had the captivating upset against the Dallas Mavericks, but that was five years ago. That 2007 season was the only time they have made the playoffs since 2004. They contended in 2008, but haven't done anything of note since.

If we're talking about teams that are in contention, or ones that have at least enjoyed some modern success, I agree with Riley's approach.

But the Warriors are decidedly not in either category. So while it never sounds good to make a deal for the sake of dealing, this is an approach the Warriors need to try right now.

The purpose of keeping a player around is that you feel he helps you win games. This isn't to blame Ellis for the Warriors' lack of success, but he hasn't helped them do that. Something has to change.

On top of all of that, the Warriors already have a player eerily similar to Ellis in Stephen Curry and as Howard-Cooper said, Thompson is playing good basketball.

This makes Ellis expendable and as he's a prolific scorer, teams will make good offers for him. The Warriors have to do that at this point.

It is time to shake things up and make a move to bring in depth, as well as the kind of players that fit Mark Jackson's system.

Both Ellis and the Warriors would be better off going their separate ways. The experiment is over and continuing to try the same thing while hoping for better results would be foolish.

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