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“Heartbreaking”: NBA Player Reveals the Shocking Details of His Trade from Golden State Warriors

Published 05/12/2020, 10:27 AM EDT

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If people thought that the movie about the world ending in 2012 was giving everyone a hard time, wait till you hear Monta Ellis’ story about his trade from the Golden State Warriors in the same year.

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The Warriors picked Ellis in the 2005 NBA draft, and he never enjoyed a successful time with them. The team hardly found success, until Steve Kerr took over and crafted a whole new dynasty. Ellis joined Wes Goldberg on the ‘Locked on Warriors’ podcast, where he revealed the details of the trade between the Warriors and the Bucks. 

The Golden State Warriors assured Monta Ellis a place in the team


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So, on March 13, 2012, the Warriors agreed to trade Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. They were getting Andrew Bogut in return. Consequently, Ellis had to pack his back and leave to play for the Bucks.


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Speaking about the trade that happened years back, Ellis recently said, “Heartbreaking. It was the turning point of my career. 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.”


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The Warriors broke the word of agreement. Apart from breaking it, they even failed to inform Ellis about the confirmed trade. “I leave the hotel and get to the arena,” Monta explained. “And I go in and one my teammates — Dominic McGuire — he said, ‘Bro, you’ve been traded.'”


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“I said, ‘No, bro. 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.'”

The team from the Bay left Ellis stunned with their actions. Getting to know about the trade through the TV left a hurting impact on him. “Didn’t call my agent, didn’t tell me nothing. Anything.” Ellis to this day feels extremely bad about the way his former team pushed him away.

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Arjun Athreya


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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.
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