Written by: Malaika Bobino
Sacramento, CA – For years the Bay Area has waited anxiously for the Golden State Warriors to return to the post season. Every year the anticipation is high especially when the NBA trade deadline comes around.
But this time, nothing seemed different from years past. The Warriors traded their leading scorer and in return got nothing in making any major moves toward returning back to the playoffs.
Today Monta Ellis was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.
Ellis began his career in Oakland and after spending seven years with Golden State, he found out about the trade by watching ESPN in the Sacramento Kings locker room. After hugging his teammates “good-bye” he spoke with reporters before departing the arena.
“I knew they weren’t going to trade me to a playoff team,” Ellis said. “It’s not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. I had some great years here and I had some bad ones. I started my career here and now they’re going in another direction. They were good to me here.”
The direction looks very familiar but for fans, they can only hope the future in Stephen Curry and David Lee pays off. The only problem is Curry has been bothered by injuries all season and Bogut has also been injury prone.
Andrew hurt his ankle January 25th and has missed the remainder of the season. So, what’s the advantage for the Warriors in the trade? That’s still undetermined, in the meantime we know what it’s like to let go of an All-Star player.
Monta was the leading scorer and Udoh was the Warriors best defender but General Manager Larry Riley seems to think the moves made this week puts the team in the right direction.
However, the past is all too clear remembering Golden State traded Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Antwan Jamison, Jason Richardson, Stephen Jackson and now Ellis who also fits in the same category of being the marquee player of this team.
“I had some great times here and I can’t say anything bad. It was time, I’ve got to move on,” Monta said.