The First Trade of 2011-2012: Bucks Prep for Free Agency Losses

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Various sources, including ESPN.com, report that the Bucks have traded oft-injured Andrew Bogut and oft-malcontented Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis and Epke Udoh and Kwame Brown.

The trade, if it is not followed up on today, or in the off season, marks a serious attitude change for the Bucks.  Defense has been the calling card of the Scott Skiles coached Bucks for years.  Shooting has been their deficiency.  While Ellis will certainly help address the Bucks scoring issues, he also diminishes the size and defensive intensity of the Bucks starting backcourt.  He is, however, instantly the best offensive player on the team – a more efficient version of Brandon Jennings.  Jennings, for his part, who was likely to test free market waters this off season will almost definitely now be moving to a different team after this season.

As for Bogut, many Bucks fans already considered him a lost commodity.  Bogut has been victim to a nonstop barrage of injuries.  Including a gruesome arm injury two years ago that stifled his play last season.  Despite his excellent play when healthy (and over long stretches of health, his average rise significantly), Bogut simply is not available often enough to be a reliable starting center.  The Bucks will likely look to replace him this off season or possibly bank on Jon Leuer or Larry Sanders developing into starters.  Kwame Brown simply is not an acceptable starting center, and they will likely lose Ersan Ilyasova to free agency as well.  Ilyasova has been a beast for the Bucks this season, rebounding and scoring at the best clip of his career – including three back-to-back-to-back put backs for wins recently.

Overall, the Bucks have gotten great value for Bogut and Jackson, both of whom were unproductive on the bench for most of this season.  However, more questions remain regarding the off season, and what the Bucks will look like in 2012-2013.  As for this season, the addition of Ellis may be enough for the Bucks to grab the 8th playoff spot in the East, assuming the Knicks do not make a miraculous turn around from currently abysmal play.

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3 Responses to “The First Trade of 2011-2012: Bucks Prep for Free Agency Losses”

  1. jpalumbo Says:

    I’m interested to see Bogut under Mark Jackson. The Chicago players who were defensively phenomenal under coach Skiles all came back to the mean when he left.

    • pmadavi Says:

      Well, I’ll tell you this. The GSW better stock up on Tiger Balm. Cuz they are gonna need it.

    • pmadavi Says:

      It’s really hard to judge anything with Bogut. I’m not sure his arm is right yet. Not sure it will be ever again. I’ll say this though, the guy has good BB smarts and plays hard every minute he’s out there. Jackson’s got himself a really good starting center, assuming Bogut can stay out on the court . . . which he can’t.

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