The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors completed a multi-player trade that involved a couple of former No. 1 draft picks and took one big chip off the market ahead of the league’s 3 p.m. Thursday trade deadline.
Milwaukee shipped center Andrew Bogut, the often-injured No. 1 pick in 2005, and Stephen Jackson to Golden State for guard Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown, the Washington Wizards’ No. 1 pick in 2001.
Both Bogut and Ellis have been the subject of trade rumors and moving Ellis has special repercussions in Orlando, where the Magic had hoped to acquire Ellis in an attempt to get center Dwight Howard to commit to the team long-term. The Magic had hoped to put together a three-team deal that would have moved Ellis to Orlando and Bogut to Golden State, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob put the kibosh on that, hoping to get Howard. That’s not seen as likely to happen and Howard, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports, is determined to leave the Magic for the Nets. And there’s little chance that the Bucks are going to turn around and move Ellis again.
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