(MILWAUKEE) — With the NBA trade deadline set for Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors wasted no time in making the first big trade of the NBA season. The Bucks have sent center Andrew Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson to the Warriors in exchange for guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh, and center Kwame Brown.
Bogut was the number one overall pick in the 2005 draft. In seven NBA seasons, the 27-year old Bogut has played in more than 70 games. Bogut has only played in 12 games this season and may be out for the rest of the year with a broken ankle. Jackson rejoins the Warriors after playing three and a half seasons with the team from 2007-2010.
“We’re extremely excited to acquire a player the caliber of Andrew Bogut, who we think is certainly one of the top centers in the NBA,” Warriors general manger Larry Riley said. “He will add an element of toughness to our team and will provide us with scoring, rebounding, and a defensive presence in the middle.”
Meanwhile, Ellis is ninth in NBA scoring, averaging 21.9 points per game. Udoh was the sixth overall pick by the Warriors in the 2010 draft and is still a developing player. Brown is considered a throw-in player in the trade as he has played in just nine games this season and has an expiring contract at the end of the season.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN