The Warrior traded Monta Ellis, Epe Udoh, and Kwame Brown to the Bucks for Andre Bogut and Stephen Jackson
Reasons For The Warriors: The Warriors are currently 26th in defense and with this team that has pretty much been together going on 3 years now they've been at the bottom of the league defensively every year. Mark Jackson wants to play defense, it's one of his biggest priorities and this deal will help get them moving into the right direction. One thing need to play defense in the NBA is length and size and the Warrior get plenty of that in Bogut and Jackson. Jackson is huge for a 2 guard at 6'8 220 and plays solid defense. With him and Dorell Wright the warriors now have one of the biggest wings in the league and no longer have two 6'3 guys in the starting lineup. As far as Bogut goes the Warrior have been extremely desperate for a C. They offered as much as they could to both Nene and Chandler in the offseason and both players turned them down forcing them to resort to paying Kwame Brown 7 million. Bogut when healthy is one of the top 10 Centers in the leauge and one of the top 5 defensive Centers as well. Terrific rebounded and shot blocker he can really help change the culture in Golden State and help coach mark Jackson establish the defense he wants in place. The Warriors lose Monta but by getting Jackson back they don't lose to much offensive production. Jackson is capable of scoring and getting other teammates involved as well when he feels like it of course. He's had seasons where he's averaged over 4 assist so the Warriors still have 2 ball handlers on the floor that can both get their own shot or create for others.
Reasons For The Bucks: One of the main reasons they made this trade was to get rid of Stephen Jackson, who just no longer wanted to be there and they no longer wanted him there. Also Bogut had asked management for a trade so I guess they were generous enough to grant his request. On the court the deal makes sense as well. Right now the Bucks are in 8th place in the East and have a legit shot at making the playoffs and they've done so pretty much without Jackson or Bogut. So it makes all the sense in the world to get rid of them both for a 20+ per game scorer to come in and make you better offensively. The Bucks also take on Kwame Brown who's contract expires at the end of the year so they create more cap space for next offseason and Brown can still be a solid big off the bench for the remainder of this year. They also get a young prospect in Udoh who hasn't exactly lived up to the hype yet and is in danger of being a bust but you never know a change of scenery might bring out his true potential.
Who Got The Best Of The Deal? Both teams won with this deal. The Bucks got rid of 2 players who were disgruntled and no longer part of the rotation anyway because of injury or disciplinary issues to get back one of the best perimeter scorers in the game and the Warriors improve dramatically defensively without really dropping off offensively.