Monta Ellis’ days with the Warriors are over.
Golden State agreed Tuesday to trade the star guard to the Milwaukee Bucks along with forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown in return for injured center Andrew Bogut and former Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson.
Ellis has averaged 19.6 points per game in his 6½-year career with Golden State, and has been their only real All-Star candidate over the past few seasons — though he never made the team. He was a member of the 2007 “We Believe” team that upset the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.
Ellis told reporters he found out about the deal on television, rather than from the team, but that he’s moving past being cut loose from the only NBA team he’s played for.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I was thankful I had the opportunity to do what I did for seven years here. Great years here, love the fans, just something that happened.”
Udoh, who has played big minutes recently at center, was much quieter about leaving the Warriors.
“It’s unfortunate, I don’t really wanna talk about it,” he said.
Bogut was the first overall pick of the 2005 draft by the Bucks, but has been plagued by injuries during most of his career. He has played in more than 70 games in only two seasons, and may already be out for this season with an ankle injury. He played in just 12 of Milwaukee’s 42 games this season and has not played since Jan. 25.
He has been productive when healthy, however, averaging double-digit rebounds in each of the past three seasons and at least 2.5 blocks in each of the past two. His best season came in 2009-10, when he averaged 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 69 games for a Bucks team that went 46-36 and earned a playoff berth, though Bogut did not play in the postseason due to injury.
Jackson, who was a key member of the 2007 Warriors team, makes his return to the Bay Area after being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats nine games into the 2009-10 season. He was averaging 10.5 points per game for
His departure from the Warriors was messy, as he demanded a trade after the team moved much of the core from the “We Believe” season, though he hasn’t found success since leaving for Charlotte and Milwaukee, neither of whom had winning records while he was on the roster.
In a twist, the Warriors host the Bucks on Friday at Oracle Arena.
- Center Andrew Bogut
- Swingman Stephen Jackson
- Guard Monta Ellis
- Forward-center Ekpe Udoh
- Center Kwame Brown
Year Points Ast. Reb.
2011-12 21.9 6.0 3.4
2010-11 24.1 5.6 3.5
2009-10 25.5 5.3 4.0
2008-09 19.0 3.7 4.3
2007-08 20.2 3.9 5.0
2006-07 16.5 4.1 3.2
2005-06 6.8 1.6 2.1