Monta Ellis -- what they're saying

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Monta Ellis -- what they're saying

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."

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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."

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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.

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

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John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller