Bucks' voice Davis: Bogut trade not surprising
Dwayne Wade, Andrew Bogut. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - It's not a perplexing thing to see the Bucks' starting center (when healthy), Andrew Bogut, depart from the team in a trade, according to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Bucks.
"As the days went by, I thought the odds were pretty high that they would trade him, probably 70 to 80 percent. When it happened, I wasn't surprised," said Ted Davis on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
The main reason for the trade may be the fact that Bogut was rarely healthy. He missed 106 games in the last four seasons.
"It was the injuries," explained Davis.
"You build your team around him every year. It wasn't Bogut's fault. Those were legit injuries. But you build your team around him every year, and the last four years or so, he's had something happen beyond his control. You lose him, and you're scrambling to try to fill in the spot for the rest of the year."
What the Bucks gain from the trade of Bogut and Stephen Jackson for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and the injured Kwame Brown (essentially, the value of an expiring contract with Brown) is scoring punch from Ellis and the defensive abilities of Udoh.
"Monta Ellis is a scorer," said Davis about the guard who averages 21.9 points per game.
"He can flat out fill it up. He is a terrific offensive player. Udoh, he's athletic. He's long. He's a pretty good defender in the paint."
In return, they give up almost nothing because of the failing health of Bogut and the fact Jackson wasn't receiving playing time due to various team issues.
Is this a good trade for Milwaukee? Davis says to hold your horses before making a judgment.
"At this point, I don't know what to make of it. I've been in this league long enough to know that you don't judge a trade today. What I want to see is how these guys fit in over the next 24 games."
Davis says Bucks fans shouldn't expect any more deals before the trade deadline.
"I think they're done. I don't think (Ersan) Ilyasova is going to be traded. I don't think (Brandon) Jennings is going to be traded."