Friday, June 4, 2010

Warriors Could Trade Ellis

Their season just ended a little over a month ago, and it looks like big changes could be on the horrizon for the Golden State Warriors.

It's no secret that the team is currently for sale and should have new ownership by the end of the summer. Everybody's hoping the wealthy and business savy Larry Ellison get's hold of this organization. It's the general consensus that Ellison will put his magic touch on the team and turn around a franchise that has generally been one of the worst in the NBA over the last 15 years. Only one playoff appearance in that span will do that to a fanbase though. Whover the new owner is, he's going to be coming into a rocky situation. The Warriors have a lot of talent on their roster (when they have everyone healthy), and should be in a better situation then they are right now. They have turmoil going on with the coaching staff, where many feel Don Nelson is just sleepwalking through this last phase of his career and doing it mainly for his hefty paycheck. The Warriors have a lot of questions to answer this summer, and have some things to figure out before they get ready to head into the draft next month.

The big personnel decision they are tampering with right now is whether or not they're going to move forward with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry in the same back-court. Everybody thinks those two should be fine together except for Ellis. Monta is unhappy sharing the rock with Curry and wants out, and there has been a lot of speculation over the last few months about him possibly returning home and playing for the Grizzlies. Apparently Ellis recently bought some property and a house in Memphis. After that, rumors started to fly about how Don Nelson, a guy who's been a huge supporter of Ellis over the years, said he would have been thrilled to obtain a package of Hasheem Thabeet and O.J. Mayo in exchange for Ellis, a deal that was supposedly discussed at the trade deadline in February, and re-started after the season. I think it's pretty clear that Ellis wants out, and just like they did with Steven Jackson, the Warriors are going to have to grant him his wish if they want to keep this core together. We saw how disruptive it was for Jackson playing out his games in a Warriors uni earlier in the season, and we don't need a repeat of that in 2010-11. The W's need to decide this summer if they're going to go forward with the Ellis/Curry guard combo, or they need to begin 2010 without it and not drag it on any further.
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