Monta Ellis -- what they're saying

Monta Ellis -- what they're saying
March 16, 2012, 6:31 pm
Share This Post

Big-time trades always result in high-profile homecomings, but in the case of Wednesday's deal between the Bucks and Warriors -- which sent Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh from Golden State to Milwaukee -- the ink barely had time to dry on the paperwork.

Ellis and Udoh return to Oakland Friday night and it's a topic that has Bay Area basketball fans buzzing. What are people saying? Leave your comment below about the return of Monta Ellis, and check out some of what's been said in the aftermath of the blockbuster, five-player trade.

Monta makes Milwaukee a playoff team
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Michael Hunt gives the home team a thumbs up:

"They got Ellis for a guy who wasn't even playing. Ellis should make the Bucks a playoff team. They were in the top eight in the East at the time of the trade, and now there is no excuse for them to not remain there.

... Whether or not Ellis remains with the franchise very long, it is a move that has a chance to work right now."

VIDEO REWIND: Monta Ellis' trick-shot magic

A terrific move
Here's a video clip of Hunt's take on the deal, which he characterizes as "a terrific move," adding that "Monta Ellis, a guy who can help guard Brandon Jennings push the ball up the floor."

A great player, a great scorer
New teammate Beno Udrih, who knows Ellis well from his time with the Sacramento Kings praised the move.

"He's a great player, a great scorer, plays aggressive," Udrih told Bucks beat writer Charles F. Gardner. "I think we're going to gain a little on our fast break because he's so quick. Kick ahead to him, and he just beats everybody to the basket. So we'll see what happens."

Milwaukee gets quicker
Bucks head coach Scott Skiles, who favored a high-tempo approach when he was a player, underscored the value of speed in remarks to the Associated Press.
Hopefully, we might even get a little bit quicker," Skiles told reporters. "Certainly Monta's quick - very quick. And hopefully we'll continue to kind of play in that style and move the ball around and cause people problems."

RELATED: Bucks- Warriors -- what to watch for

Who won the deal?
That's the question that everyone's asking. ESPN.com polled five national NBA bloggers and the final tally was 3-1 Bucks, with one journo hedging his bet.

More Team Talk