Ellis calls Warriors fans his 'immediate family'

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Ellis calls Warriors fans his 'immediate family'

Warriors guard Monta Ellis returned to Oracle Arena onFriday night, the site where he scored a lot of points and won over a lot offans.Ellis, of course, was traded on Tuesday to the MilwaukeeBucks as part of a trade that sent center Andrew Bogut to the Warriors.Before the game, Ellis talked about the Warriors fans andhow much they meant to him.
I love the fans here, said Ellis, who was in Milwaukeesstarting lineup. They did a lot for me even through my ups and downs. Theyalways had my back here, always. I felt loved by the fans here and I think Ican call them part of my immediate family and Im always going to rememberthem.Those fans gave Ellis a standing ovation when he wasintroduced with the Bucks starters, and Ellis acknowledged the crowd withraised hands. During the first timeout, the Warriors paid tribute to Ellis and to a lesser extend second-year forward Ekpe Udoh, also involved in thetrade and it elicited another standing ovation.Ellis was asked if he thought it was time for a newbeginning, and he acknowledged it was.I knew it was going to come to this point at one point inmy life, Ellis said. I used to be that young guy coming in and playing behindBaron (Davis) and Stephen Jackson and then they got traded. I knew one day thatsome young guy was going to come in behind me and do the same things so I wasprepared for it. Like I said, I left on a great note, had a great career hereand I can say that I wish them the best and I think it was a great trade forboth teams.

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

 

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

It appears Andrew Bogut is set to see what the view is like from the other side of the NBA's top rivalry.

Traded by Dallas to Philadelphia on Thursday, the former Warriors center will receive a contract buyout from the 76ers and then join the Cleveland Cavaliers for the stretch run, according to ESPN.

On Saturday, the Cavs, Spurs and Rockets were all reported to have interest in Bogut if he was made available following a buyout.

Injuries have derailed Bogut's season. He appeared in just 26 games with the Mavericks this season and averaged 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per contest.

Bogut was part of the two Warriors teams that faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals matchups.

Bogut's tenure with the Warriors came to an end on July 7, 2016 when he was traded to Dallas in order for Golden State to clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant.