The Warriors dealt Monta Ellis to Milwaukee on Tuesday, but the team reportedly preferred to trade Stephen Curry.
Curry has long been thought of as the more valued asset by the Warriors.
Several teams that liked Curry in the past had changed their stance recently because of his ankle injuries.
The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to trade Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
The Bucks will receive guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown, the person confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Speaking before Golden State’s game at Sacramento, Ellis said he and Udoh were headed back to Oakland.
“It’s not a bad thing, man,” Ellis said. “Not at all. We are going to another team to do the same thing we love to do. I’m riding back home with him.”
The reportedly preference for Dwight Howard is to sign with the Nets in the offseason as a free agent, which would allow the franchise to retain the assets they do have.
Howard is enthused about teaming up with Deron Williams and he could likely receive a more lucrative adidas extension in Brooklyn.
The Magic have not given up on keeping Howard and are interested in a trade for either Steve Nash or Monta Ellis, but both possibilities are remote.
According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.
Sources that spoke with Marcus Thompson said the Warriors would want more than Lopez in exchange for Ellis.
Golden State still believes they have a shot to acquire Dwight Howard.
Howard has made it clear that he is not interested in playing for the Warriors long-term.
The Warriors have reportedly approached the Grizzlies about a deal centered around Monta Ellis and Rudy Gay.
Golden State would also offer a second asset in the deal. The motivation for Memphis would likely be financial if they were to consider trading the perennial All-Star forward.
The Golden State Warriors are again shooting down Monta Ellis trade rumors.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob told the San Jose Mercury News that his superstar guard is not going anywhere.
Ellis has been rumored to be on his way to Orlando in a trade that would have sent Dwight Howard to Golden State.
“I’ve assured Monta that we are in fact not trying to trade him,” Lacob said. “We really value him and we want him here. I think he’s a tremendous player and a unique asset. And it would take a helluva deal that really made sense for the organization as a whole in order for us to trade Monta Ellis.”
Considered a weaker draft in terms of players, this year’s talent grab will not suffer from big names in trade talks.
Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis, Chris Kaman, Jonny Flynn and Kevin Love are just a few of the names that have been mentioned. At least give David Kahn credit for being aggressive. He got Rubio when no one ever thought he would.
Now, Kahn is shopping the second pick in the draft and there also appears to be some truth to the rumor that Kevin Love could be had for the right cost. Timberwolves are interested in teaming Rubio with another Spaniard, Pau Gasol, and there are rumors a proposed trade had Love and the second pick in the draft going to L.A. for Gasol.
According to sources, The Orlando Magic have spoken with the Golden State Warriors about acquiring Monta Ellis.
Based on comments from new team consultant Jerry West last week, it appears the Warriors are looking to split up the guard duo of Ellis and Stephen Curry because they are both undersized and both like the ball in their hands.
That puts Ellis, a 25-year-old who averaged 24.1 points last season, on the trading block, and he is receiving plenty of interest.
The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors’ leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State’s thinking.
One source stressed that completion of the deal is not imminent but that it has merits for both sides.
Ellis is owed $11 million for each of the next three seasons. Iguodala makes $13.5 million next season and the contract increases by $1.2 million each of the next two years.
Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry
Fans still debate, speculate and hypothesize about which one should go and which one should stay. But in his season-ending chat with the media Friday, Warriors president Larry Riley effectively ended the debate regarding Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.
“They’re our guards,” Riley said. “Anybody is tradable in this league. But those two guys are our guards, and we’re making plans to move forward with them.”
Riley said unless the Warriors get a knock-your-socks-off offer, priorities for improvement are size, depth and defense. The challenge will be adding those pieces without cashing in their biggest chips.