Monta Ellis shares details of finding out Warriors traded him to Bucks


On March 13, 2012, the Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut.

Did the No. 40 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft truly find out about the transaction by watching ESPN?

"Yes," Monta recently told Wes Goldberg on the "Locked on Warriors" podcast.

What was that like?

"Heartbreaking," he said. "It was the turning point of my career. I felt like I was owed the opportunity to know what was happening. The killer part was I had just talked to them before I left the hotel and they told me they weren't going to trade me.

"We were a couple games out of the eighth spot and we were gonna try to make a run. I'm cool with that."

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It is true that the Warriors -- at 18-21 -- were within striking distance of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

But Steph Curry was about to be shut down for the rest of the season because of a lingering ankle issue, and management smartly was looking towards the future.

So just before Golden State faced the Kings, the franchise agreed to send Ellis to the Bucks.

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"I leave the hotel and get to the arena," Monta explained. "And I go in (to the locker room) and one my teammates -- Dominic McGuire -- he said, 'Bro, you've been traded.'

"I said, 'No, bro. I ain't been traded. They told me they weren't gonna trade me. I just got off the phone with them.' He's like, 'Bro, they just traded you. It came up on the bottom (line of the TV).' So he grabbed me, he turned me around (towards the TV). We let it (the bottom line news ticker) come all the way back around and it said: 'Breaking news, Monta Ellis traded.'

"Didn't call my agent, didn't tell me nothing. Anything. It was just messed up how they did it ... and for them to send me to Milwaukee, it was kind of like they were trying to stick it to me -- like they were trying to hurt me or something."

Unfortunately, the business side of the NBA can be tough sometimes.

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