Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors
Milwaukee trades Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired guard Monta (mon-TAY) Ellis, forward Ekpe (Ehp-pay) Udoh (You-doe) and center Kwame Brown from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for center Andrew Bogut and guard Stephen Jackson, General Manager John Hammond announced today. The trade is contingent on players reporting and passing physical examinations.
Currently in his seventh NBA season, Ellis (6-3, 185) has averaged 21.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 37 games (all starts) for the Warriors this season. Last year in a career-best 80 starts, Ellis ranked 1st in in the NBA in minutes (40.3 mpg), 3rd in steals (2.1 spg), 8th in scoring (24.1 ppg) and 22nd in assists (5.6 apg) – leading the league in minutes played and finishing in the league's top-10 in scoring (6th in 2009-10) and top-5 in steals (2nd in 2009-10) for the second consecutive season. He was one of only five players in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points and 5.0 assists (D. Rose, L. James, R. Westbrook, D. Williams) and his field goal percentage of 45.1 percent was tied for the second-best among any guard in the NBA's top-20 in scoring, trailing only Dwyane Wade.
A Jackson, MS, native, Ellis, 26, was selected by Golden State with the 40th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of Lanier High School (Jackson, MS). He had a breakout second NBA season (2006-07) when he averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and was named as the NBA's Most Improved Player. He has averaged at least 19.0 points per game after his second NBA season and holds career totals of 19.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from the three-point line and 77.4 percent from the charity stripe in 413 NBA games.
Udoh, 24, is averaging 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in his second season with the Warriors. The Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Honorable Mention AP All-American following his junior season at Baylor in 2009-10, Udoh (6-10, 245) was selected by Golden State with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has appeared in 96 career games in the NBA (24 starts) and owns career averages of 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Udoh has been in the starting lineup for Golden State in its last five outings, helping the Warriors to a 3-2 mark while averaging 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over that span.
Brown, 30, owns the distinction as the first ever high school player to be selected with the top overall pick in the NBA Draft when Washington selected him with the No. 1 pick in 2001. An 11-year veteran in the league, Brown (6-11, 270) owns career averages of 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 585 games split between Washington, the L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte and Golden State. Brown's best statistical season came during the 2003-04 campaign, when he posted 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Wizards. Signed by the Warriors as a free agent this offseason, Brown appeared in Golden State's first nine games this season before suffering a torn pectoral muscle.
Bogut, 27, was drafted by Milwaukee with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft after being named the consensus National Player of the Year after his sophomore season at the University of Utah. He played and started in 12 games for the Bucks this season, averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 30.3 minutes of play, before missing the last 25 games after fracturing his left ankle at Houston (Jan. 25).
He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and to the All-NBA Third Team in 2009-10 after averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Over his seven-season career with the Bucks, Bogut played in 408 games (400 starts) and averaged 12.7 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game. He leaves the Bucks ranked 3rd on the franchise's All-Time leaders list for blocks (642), 4th all-time in rebounds (3,810) and 17th all-time in points (5,179).
Jackson, acquired by Milwaukee in a three-team trade on draft night last June, appeared in 26 games for the Bucks this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The 12-year veteran scored in double figures 13 times, including a season-high 34 points in Milwaukee's win over San Antonio on Jan. 10. In 773 career games with New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee, Jackson has averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.