The trade made sense on paper for Golden State when at the 2012 trade deadline the Warriors sent Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut — Golden State got an inside presence they need and they could give more run to then rookie Klay Thompson.
But it did more than that.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the Warriors culture changed in a good way with the trade. From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper, via Sulia.
“It helped change the culture. Obviously it was easier to pull the trigger because we knew what we had in Klay and it was time for him to be a starting two-guard. And he does everything right.”
How did that trade change the culture? Jackson paused four seconds.
“It helped change the culture,” he finally said.
If you don’t know, you may want to ask Larry Sanders about it.
Monta Ellis is owed $11 million next season, or he can opt out of that contract and get the security of a longer-term deal at whatever price the market will bear. But it will be interesting to see what teams would make offers to Ellis, a shooter whose style is losing popularity in a league focused more on efficiency. And then there will be the chemistry questions.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.