Tuesday , Feb , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Warriors Willing to Trade Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins


And though the Suns are openly fielding calls for Stoudemire, Golden State’s would-be package lacks the hefty expiring contract that Phoenix and others are seeking for this summer and the next.

The Warriors are willing to include Monta Ellis or Andris Biedrins – but not both – in the right deal, according to team and league sources, but moving them is also tricky because of their base-year status.

A deal involving Ellis, who is making $11 million this season, is especially tough and likely would have to include a high-priced player such as Corey Maggette or Stephen Jackson, who are made less attractive by their long-term contracts.

It’s the task facing the Warriors as they seek to balance a roster overloaded with wing players and short on proven big men. As coach Don Nelson ominously said after Biedrins was injured on Friday in Phoenix:

"Let that be a lesson for us. Let’s get more big guys," Nelson said.

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