Golden State Warriors: What the Andrew Bogut Trade Means for the Warriors

March 13th, 2012 by James Pearson Leave a reply »
With less than 48 hours until the NBA trade deadline, the Golden State Warriors have agreed to send Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown’s contract to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and—gulp—Stephen Jackson.

In this deal, the Warriors finally get a player whom they can call a center (well, when he actually plays anyway), and Stephen Jackson, whose $10 million contract for next season makes Andris Biedrins’ deal look reasonable.

The Warriors wanted to change their defensive mentality, and this trade is a step in that direction. When healthy, Bogut has the tools to be a top defensive center in the NBA and, most importantly, would be a great fit alongside David Lee, who now looks like he will be in Warrior uniform for the long term. With Bogut's defensive abilities paired with Lee’s offensive talent, the Warriors can form one of the best frontlines in franchise history.

The Warriors are also gambling that their training staff can rival the one in Phoenix, because their future now lies in Bogut’s oft-injured everything and Stephen Curry’s glass ankles.

This trade does give an increased rol ...

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