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Summer Trade Review: Eastern Conference
Friday , Oct , 25 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Summer Trade Review: Eastern Conference

Who were the winners and losers this off-season. Who thought the Cavs and Pistons wanted to win?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is the cheat sheet you need to know before the season starts.

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Wednesday , Mar , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Warrior fans boo owner, ruin Chris Mullin’s jersey retirement

“I’m not going to let a few boos get me down, and I don’t expect a few boos to get our team down,” Lacob said. “I think everybody has to stay tough, these are tough times, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to compete and we’re going to win. And that’s my job as an owner, too, we’re going to do everything we have to do. Not going to let a few boos stop us. I obviously think whoever was booing is incorrect in their assumptions, but we’ll just let time heal all wounds. Winning will solve all things.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wasn’t the time or place. And it ruined a celebration.

Golden State fans picked the worst moment to voice their displeasure with management/ownership trading scorer Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for post Andrew Bogut.

They unleashed a parade of boos on owner Joe Lacob when he was leading - or attempting to lead - the retirement of Chris Mullin’s jersey. Mullin and Warrior great Rick Barry were put in the awkward spot of defending Lacob.

To be fair, Warrior fans should be upset. Just not with Lacob.

For years, the club was run like a banana republic by owner Chris Cohan. He hired and fired. He spent wildly and dumped salaries. He applauded and criticized.

In short, Cohan, was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde until selling the team.

Not surprisingly, the Warriors last made the playoffs in 2007, and that was the first time they had qualified for the second season in 14 years.

At least, Lacob has a plan. He hired the best possible consultant, Jerry West. Then he hired the best coaching prospect, Mark Jackson.

Together, West and Jackson wanted a tougher, bigger team, so they dealt Ellis, a fan favourite, for Bogut, an inside anchor.

Will it work?

Well, the jury is out. Lacob, West, and Jackson deserve more time, while Mullin deserved better than having his night overshadowed by fan anger.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis to Kings for Tyreke Evans?

While it remains unknown whether Sacramento has shown any willingness to trade former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, two sources said Golden State made repeated inquiries about him recently and was prepared to discuss a deal involving Ellis. Evans' former agent just so happens to be Bob Myers, who was hired as the Warriors' assistant general manager in mid-April. Evans is eligible for an extension this summer but it appears unlikely that one will be offered to the third-year player unless he shows major improvement. The Kings can simply wait until the summer of 2014 to gauge the market, as he will be a restricted free agent and they can match any offer from other teams.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Golden State’s acquisition of Andrew Bogut and interest in Tyreke Evans was an admission by the Warriors that they weren’t good enough.

They weren’t good enough to contend. They weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. So they made a change.

Monta Ellis - a small, talented, and temperamental guard - was shipped to Milwaukee for the bruising Bogut, who will anchor the middle when he returns from injury.

Bottom line: they swapped sizzle for steak.

Before pulling the trigger on the Bogut blockbuster, the Warriors reportedly offered Ellis to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the physical Evans.

The Kings refused; however, the focus should be the big picture. The Bogut deal and Evans rumor shows that Mark Jackson, the Warriors’ rookie coach, needs to implement his defensive approach.

And the Warriors took a giant step in that direction with the Bogut deal.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Warriors trade Monta Ellis to Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Suddenly, Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis have new homes.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors' swap of franchise faces is an admission by both clubs that the status quo wasn't working.

After all, Bogut was often injured, while Ellis was often in trouble. (In fact, Bogut is currently out with an ankle injury, while Ellis is being sued as part of a sexual harassment case involving a former employee of the Warriors.)

The Warriors are hoping Bogut, a former first overall pick, anchors the middle. Ellis, a terrific scorer, will form an undersized and dynamic backcourt with Bucks table-setter Brandon Jennings.

Bogut and Ellis aren't the biggest wild card in this trade. That distinction belongs to Stephen Jackson, a former Warrior who fell out with management.

Captain Jack, an integral part of the Warriors' 'We Believe' run of 2007, has since made several stops around the league before ending up in Coach Scott Skiles' doghouse.

His return to 'The Bay' will be worth following.

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Tuesday , Mar , 13 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Gone Too Far: Why Orlando MUST trade Dwight Howard

One source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the Magic have promised Howard that they will add a quality player before Thursday's deadline and that Howard can decide the fate of both GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season if he signs an extension.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s a popular television show called Intervention where families confront a sick individual battling an addiction.

Perhaps you have seen it on A&E. Perhaps not.

Hopefully, someone in the Orlando Magic ownership group has seen Intervention. And hopefully, they confront President Alex Martin about his disease: appeasing Dwight Howard.

Sure, Howard is the top center in the NBA, but he has yet to win a championship, an MVP trophy, or even develop a go-to move on the offensive end.

He is raw, immature, and has handled his pending free agency like a teen pop diva. Annoying teen crooner Justin Beiber is more professional than Howard.

Still, the Magic continue to give Howard whatever he likes, or whatever they think he’ll like in order to have him stay.

They’ve assumed several bad contracts in an attempt to give Howard a worthy supporting cast. Gilbert Arenas, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, and Hedo Turkoglu all backfired and destroyed the team's financial flexibility.

Recent reports have surfaced that the Magic are chasing Monta Ellis because they think a shot-happy, crass combo guard will convince Howard to play through 2013 and sign a long-term extension.

HoopsVibe has given our opinion on Ellis before. He's not the answer.

Today, reports are surfacing that Magic President Alex Martin has told Howard he can decide the fate of coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith.

Sadly, the inmate is now running the entire asylum.

Van Gundy and Smith may deserve to be fired. This is not Howard’s decision to make, though.  He is the player. Van Gundy is the coach. Smith is the manager.

If Martin offered to fire Van Gundy and Smith to appease Howard, then a point of no return has been established.

Simply put, Howard can't return. Suppose he signed an extension with the Magic. No coach, executive, or teammate would criticize him because doing so may get them fired, traded, or released.

Bottom line: good organizations do not operate in such a fashion.

So Magic ownership must intervene. They must empower Smith to immediately get the best possible package for Howard - even if that’s 80 or 90 cents on the dollar - because keeping him would encourage dysfunction.

Then ownership must review how the entire organization, top to bottom, has handled 'Howard-gate' and make changes. Appeasing an NBA superstar is a disease that must be cured.

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Tuesday , Mar , 13 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would Monta Ellis keep Dwight Howard in Orlando?

Sources confirmed a RealGM.com report from earlier Monday that the Magic have continued to pursue Golden State's Monta Ellis as a complement to Howard. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported Feb. 29 that Orlando had targeted Ellis as an ideal player to try to pry from the Warriors as a means of placating Howard.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith can’t be serious.   

Smith believes acquiring Monta Ellis from the Golden State Warriors would convince Dwight Howard to play out his contract and re-think signing an extension with the Magic.

So Smith is working overtime to swing a deal for Ellis. He’s talking to the Warriors, of course, and will even involve the New Orleans Hornets.

This won’t be enough, though.

Say the Magic land Ellis. All they have is a temperamental scorer who injured himself riding a moped, slammed Stephen Curry before ever meeting him, and sexually harassed (allegedly) an ex-employee of the Warriors` PR staff.

Translation: Ellis is a shot-happy combo guard with baggage. Sounds familiar, right?

Last year, Smith, in an effort to appease Howard, traded for Gilbert Arenas. The Hibachi resembled a broken down charcoal barbeque, struggling with his weight, shot, and role.

Howard will see right through any deal for Ellis. He’ll see Smith and the Magic for exactly what they are: desperate. And he’ll opt-out in July and leave as a free agent.

Smith and the Magic must accept the inevitable: Howard is gone. It’s time to cut the best deal possible.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Spike Lee ‘thanks’ Mark Jackson and Warriors for cutting Jeremy Lin

According to Jackson, Lee “thanked” Jackson for making Lin available so that the Knicks could pick him up. “I got a text message from Spike Lee this morning,” Jackson said after Warriors’ practice on Saturday. “I had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. I never saw him do a layup. So for the people … stop asking me. He never practiced for us so leave me out of it.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, the New York Knicks’ superfan, director Spike Lee, has a funny take on Jeremy Lin.

After all, Lee, also known as Mars Blackman, once took on the entire Indiana Pacers -in particular Hall of Fame two-guard Reggie Miller. Who can forget Reggie flashing the infamous choke sign at Lee in the mid nineties?

For better or worse, this is who Lee is. It’s no surprise he texted Mark Jackson, ‘thanking’ the Golden State Warriors’ coach for waiving Lin, the Knicks’ newfound saviour at point guard.

In Jackson’s defense, he already has two talented, smaller guards: Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. No minutes were available for Lin, who would have languished on the Warriors’ bench.

Bottom line: every NBA-er has talent. Lin’s success, like many players, is about finding the right opportunity. And he has his opportunity in New York.

Just don’t tell Lee. Why spoil the fun?

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Sunday , Jan , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: George Hill imitates David Beckham, Pacers beat Warriors

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This controversy fell under the radar.

On Friday, the Golden State Warriors were robbed of a last-second possession when the Indiana Pacers’ George Hill imitated David Beckham and foot-trapped the ball while defending Monta Ellis.

Hill’s ‘footie’ skills were a kicked-ball violation, and the Warriors should have had possession out of bounds. The refs missed it, Hill raced down-court with the ball.

Game over. Pacers win. Warriors lose. Click the video and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.



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Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Monta Ellis dunks on Tyrus Thomas

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Golden State Warriors are 3-8, but Monta Ellis provided a highlight last night by dunking on Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Thursday , Dec , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Monta Ellis to Warriors Staffer: ‘Hey Sexy’

Ellis allegedly texted Smith "several times in a single day, late at night or in the early morning hours," using a "secret" telephone that was kept by an equipment manager with the team, the suit claims. The texts from Ellis included phrases like "I want to be with you," and "Hey Sexy," to which Smith responded with, "What do you want?" and "I am sleeping," the suit alleges.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Some people never learn. Ever.

Sadly, it appears Monta Ellis, the talented combo guard for the Golden State Warriors, is one of those people.

First, there was moped-gate. Ellis injured himself riding an electrical device my ten year old nephew calls lame and lied about it as rolling on a moped is a violation of his contract.

Second, Ellis asked several times for a trade. Some of his requests were private; some of his requests were public, bringing controversy to The Bay.

Third, Ellis welcomed blue-chip prospect Stephen Curry to his first pro training camp by declaring the two couldn’t start in the same backcourt.

To be fair: Ellis and Curry have made amends.

And finally there’s this: Ellis, allegedly, acted like a Delta Bravo (that’s a polite way of calling him something that rhymes with Fouche Bag) to a team employee.

Worst of all, the Warriors, allegedly, covered for his Delta Bravo/Fouche Baggery. They fired the employee and this could get awfully messy, as there’s a smoking gun that shows Ellis’ sexual harassment.

The Warriors have a new owner, Joe Lacob, and rookie coach, Mark Jackson, who are both trying to change the dysfunction and incompetence that has plagued the organization.

This won’t help. Unfortunately, there will be no trade market for Ellis with such a controversy hanging over his head.

So Lacob and Jackson have one choice: they must stick by Ellis and hope he finally learns.

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Saturday , Jul , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Don Nelson: ‘I love Minnesota’

Don Nelson will gladly trade those breezy Hawaiian trade winds for Minnesota winters and the chance to coach again, this time with the Timberwolves. "I think it'd be a great fit," he said. "I love Minnesota."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have two words for Minnesota Executive David Kahn –‘do not’.

Do not let him charm you. Do not let him fill your head with thoughts and ideas. Do not overlook his past. Most importantly, do not hire Don Nelson to coach your Timberwolves.

After all, ‘Nellie’ is the NBA’s version of scorched earth. He sets fire to, burns, and destroys everything he touches.

In the 1990s, he sued Chris Cohan and the Warriors. He walked on the New York Knicks. He went back to court and sued Mark Cuban and the Mavericks. And his second go-around with the Warriors wasn’t much better.

Most troubling, Nelson has an odd relationship with his players. For instance, he clashed with Chris Webber, struggled with Monta Ellis, and flip-flopped on Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington. In no time, Nelson would alienate, aggravate, and annoy Mike Beasley, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and/or Derrick Williams

This must worry Kahn. After years of being an oddball outpost, the Wolves have young assets. Hiring the wrong coach, like Nelson, would compromise those young assets.   

If Kahn wants a veteran sideline boss, he should consider Rick Adelman, Lawrence Frank, or even try pulling Hubie Brown out the broadcast booth to recreate his Memphis-magic in Minnesota.

Point blank: Nelson is done. The game has passed him by. He needs to cash his coaching 501K plan and spend his days walking the beaches of Maui and not an NBA sideline.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 07 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stephen Curry on Monta Ellis: ‘We Want Him With Our Team’

“I don’t know about the talks he had with the front office or where they ended before the lockout, but as of right now, he’s still a Warrior,” Curry said of Ellis. “We want him with our team. He makes us better. And I think with a fresh start and all the new faces with the organization that will help him forget about the past and not really affect what is going on right now.

“I know there has been a lot of turmoil with him and the organization in the past. I can’t speak for him, but I think the new look of our organization will help him make a difference.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would have been easy for Stephen Curry. Very easy.

Nearly two years ago, Monta Ellis ‘welcomed’ Curry to his first pro' training camp by telling reporters the two couldn’t form a backcourt for the Golden State Warriors.

Today, the Warriors have a new owner and coach. And today, they’re also shopping Ellis around the league.

Ellis has been linked to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers, and Lamar Odom and the Los Angeles Lakers.

He recently grew tired of the rumors and requested a trade.

Now Curry could have extracted a little revenge and kicked Ellis when he’s down. Or, he could have offered a terse 'no comment' when asked about the situation

Instead, Curry had Ellis’ back. He explained how the Warriors’ core want him to return and are inviting him to training sessions during the lockout.

Such maturity is the difference between Curry and Ellis. And such maturity is the reason the Warriors prefer Curry over Ellis.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Warriors Top Assistant on Curry-Ellis backcourt: Are they willing to defend?

Without major roster changes in Oakland, Warriors' new lead assistant coach Mike Malone will be working with two guards who haven't consistently proved willing or able to stop dribble penetration, a center who hasn't shown up for the past two seasons and little depth. "Can you play defense with two small guards? It's a very interesting question, and I don't have a definite answer," Malone said. "Can they defend? Are they willing to defend? It could be hard to break those habits, but, if they want to win, they'll be willing."

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Golden State Warriors have confirmed what we suspected. They aren’t sure if Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis have the size to defend opposing backcourts.

No doubt about it, Curry and Ellis can play. They are dynamic. They are athletic. They are special. But they are small to play together.

This sentiment is nothing new. Two years ago, Ellis welcomed Curry to his first training camp by telling reporters he felt they couldn’t form a backcourt.

New Warriors owner Joe Lacob has reservations about Ellis. Rookie coach Mark Jackson has publicly praised Ellis, while dangling him in front of the Orlando Magic as trade bait.

Today, lead assistant Mike Malone, who is in charge of defense, told the media he has concerns about Curry and Ellis’ commitment to defense.

This is the greatest sign change is coming. After all, the Warriors have shopped Ellis, which led to his agent requesting a trade.

Remember, Malone was hired to re-shape the soft Warriors into a tougher, more defensive-minded group. If he has doubts, then Jackson, his boss, has doubts.

Those doubts will likely lead to Ellis having a new home. And soon.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Jun , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Ellis has asked Warriors for trade

A few days ago, it appeared as if the Warriors had decided to keep (Monta) Ellis despite some very attractive propositions. However, late yesterday, they were back to giving serious thought to moving him if the pitch blew them away. Word has it Ellis' agent, Jeff Fried, who did not return my call, informed management his client wants to be dealt.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In today’s interconnected world of rumours and gossip, teams can’t explore trading stars without consequences.

The star will find out. He, or his people, will read it here, there, or everywhere online. He’ll read analysts’ opinions. He’ll read fans turning into E-Thugs and spewing venom in the comment section.

The relationship will break. The star and team will have to part. It’s inevitable. 

Take Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors. Ellis is a talent, who averaged 26 points per game on a bad Warriors squad in 2011.

New owner Joe Lacob has never been sold on Ellis, though. Lacob hired Mark Jackson to coach, who -surprise, surprise- isn’t sold on Ellis, either.

While publicly praising the combo guard’s skill, these two were privately shopping him. Of course, it didn’t stay private for long.

And the rumors became more intense. In fact, Ellis has been in more rumors than an infamous Hollywood actor, who believes he’s ‘winning’.

Talk radio, the internet, and even the more conservative print media has traded Ellis thousands of times. There was Ellis for Dwight Howard. There was Ellis for Lamar Odom. And there was also Ellis for Andre Iguodala.

Ellis, tired of the rumors, finally asked the Warriors to move him. Nobody knows what’s next for player or team, except the rumors will continue.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jun , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard?

The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh. Unlikely that'll get it done.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

The Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic can deny rumors they’re considering swapping Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard. The evidence suggests otherwise, though.

New Warriors owner Joe Lacob, when he bought the club, didn’t give Ellis a ringing endorsement. While GM Larry Riley would only admit the team isn’t shopping their combo guard.

Lacob and rookie coach Mark Jackson want to change the losing culture surrounding the club. Right or wrong, fair or not, they may trade Ellis to achieve this.

Meanwhile, Howard has refused to sign an extension with the Magic. He wants to exercise a player’s option next July and become a free agent.

Howard knows Magic GM Otis Smith can’t let this occur. Not for a second. Smith, contrary to what he publicly claims, can’t risk his franchise face walking and getting nothing back.

So the clock is ticking. Like the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz with Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, Smith has to cut a deal.  

It’s no shock the Warriors and Magic have talked trade. Here’s the real question: what happens next?

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Jun , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors leave door open on trading Ellis?

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley said the team is not planning to trade Monta Ellis.“We are not shopping Monta Ellis,” Riley said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: General Managers have a lingo.

Take Larry Riley, the head suit for the Golden State Warriors. Riley recently told Sports Illustrated that the club isn’t shopping Monta Ellis, their lightning-quick scorer.

That, however, doesn’t mean the Warriors won’t trade Ellis. It means they won’t initiate trade discussions, but they’ll listen to trade offers. And who knows what happens if the right trade offer materializes?

So Riley can offer public assurances. He can compare the Warriors’ tiny backcourt of Ellis and Stephen Curry to the world champion Mavericks, who used smaller guards. 

Riley is conveniently omitting that the Mavericks have superstar Dirk Nowitzki. The Warriors do not.

New coach Mark Jackson can say Ellis is the NBA’s third best shooting guard, capable of matching-up against anyone except Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

The door is open to a trade. How wide open remains to be seen, though.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors, 76ers still discussing Ellis for Iguodala?

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will a new coach, Mark Jackson, and owner, Joe Lacob, mean a new backcourt for the Golden State Warriors?

Well, rumors are again surfacing that the Warriors are looking to send combo guard Monta Ellis to the Philadelphia 76ers for the athletic Andre Iguodala.

No doubt about it, Ellis can play. However, there are doubts about whether he can continue playing with point guard Stephen Curry.

Ellis and Curry form one of the league’s smallest starting backcourts. And Jackson may wish to put his imprint on the Warriors by shipping out the prolific scorer for a more active, well rounded player –like Iguodala.

Meanwhile, the 76ers have again made their stat-stuffing swing available in hope of adding a first option on offense. And Ellis fits the bill.

Under normal circumstance, the bean counters in the front office would also like this trade.

Both players have three seasons left on their contracts. Ellis will earn $11 million per season, while Iguodala will earn slightly more at $14 million per season.

Reports indicate that Comcast, the wealthy holding company that owns the 76ers, are in talks to sell the club. All personnel moves may be put on hold.

Where there’s lots of smoke, there’s typically some sort of fire. Perhaps talks between the Warriors and 76ers become reality.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , May , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors dealing Monta Ellis?

The Warriors, who struggled defensively last season, could be looking for a defensive addition and might be willing to part with Ellis because guard Stephen Curry has blossomed into a legitimate NBA scorer.

The deal: A straight-up trade of Ellis ($11 million a year through 2013-14, with that last season being a player option) for Iguodala (approximately $56 million remaining through the 2013-14 season, with the last season being a player option).

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will a new coach bring a new backcourt to Golden State?

The Warriors are strongly considering hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, who demands air-tight defence from players.

If Brown is brought in, he’ll look to change the miniature backcourt of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. These two score in bunches, but opponents have a field day posting them up.

(Of course, there’s executive Jerry West and owner Joe Lacob. The Warriors’ new advisor might want to change things, while Lacob already mentioned breaking up this undersized duo.)  

Who should go: Curry or Ellis?

Well, reports indicate the Warriors would move Ellis, despite posting impressive scoring numbers and displaying a newfound maturity in 2011.

Forget Curry’s mediocre sophomore campaign. He can play. Most importantly, he’s more of a natural table-setter than Ellis.

This would surely matter to Brown, as he sees Curry and Ellis as point guards because of size.

 In 2011, the Warriors used an unorthodox backcourt. A new coach will bring changes. Time will tell if it is for the better.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Apr , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors to keep Curry and Ellis?

Golden State general manager Larry Riley expects the strong scoring but small backcourt of 6-foot-3 guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry to be in tact when next season begins, he told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Larry Riley, the GM, says one thing. Joe Lacob, the owner, has said differently.

It seems the Golden State Warriors can’t make up their mind on whether they want to go small, starting undersized Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis in the backcourt.

Riley sees the upside: Curry is a deadly shooter with a great basketball IQ, while Ellis is a sensational scorer. According to Riley, this more than compensates for both being 6-foot-3 and lean.

Lacob sees the negative: Curry and Ellis can both be posted up by bigger guards on the defensive end, who will then use their size to create mismatches. So the billionaire is open to trading either player. 

Riley and Lacob both have a point. Each has expressed their view publicly. Obviously, the GM and owner shouldn’t have their differing views out for public consumption.

However, Lacob inherited Riley. Ten months ago, he bought the club from Chris Cohan, and got stuck with Riley –the lowest paid GM in the league (your draw your own conclusions).

Riley will apparently be returning, but nobody knows for sure. The Curry-Ellis backcourt is far from a sure thing.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2010 J.N.

2010-2011 Top 10 Fantasy Shooting Guards pt.2

Have you ever gotten to your birthday only to realize that you really do not want to make a big fuss out of it? We get all this attention, or lack thereof for some people, and begin to ponder about our current situations. What have we accomplished? How did we get better? How did we get worse? In the end, who gives a damn? Get out there. Beat your feet. Do it. Get it done. Just ask yourself one thing every birthday from now on, “What have I done lately?” That’s how one should approach this list with the top shooting guards. For the stat whores. Notables missing – Brandon Roy, Tyreke Evans, Ray Allen. I know. I’m shocked about those guys, too.

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