The first big name to be traded before the March 15th deadline was not the one everyone expected, as the Golden State Warriors have traded leading scorer Monta Ellis To Milwaukee for oft-injured center Andrew Bogut and disgruntled guard Stephen Jackson as part of a 5-player deal.
The Warriors are also sending forwards Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee to complete the deal. The Bucks plan to partner Ellis with point guard Brandon Jennings to create a high scoring back court and make a push for the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bucks are currently tied with the Knicks for the eighth seed.
When on the court Andrew Bogut is one of the most talented centers in the NBA, but the issue is that he is rarely healthy. Bogut is out until April with an ankle injury and has missed large portions of each of the last three seasons. Bogut was averaging 11.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 2 blocks in 12 games before his injury.
The Warriors have long been in pursuit of a true post player to compliment their perimeter game with Stephen Curry and the shooters they have on the roster. Stephen Jackson returns to Golden State where he helped them to a playoff berth in 2007. Jackson averaged 19.4 ppg in 179 games with the Warriors between 2006-2010.
As far as salaries; Monta Ellis has two years, $22 mil left of his deal with a player option.. He can become an unrestricted free agent after next season. Bogut has two years, $27.3 mil guaranteed left on his deal, while Stephen Jackson is only under contract for $10 mil next season.