Basketball

Bucks trade Bogut to Warriors, Ellis headed to Milwaukee

SAN FRANCISCO — Australian center Andrew Bogut was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Golden State Warriors in the first major NBA trade deadline deal, according to several reports.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News and ESPN were among those citing sources that said the injury-hit Aussie star was being sent from the Bucks along with guard Stephen Jackson to Golden State.

In exchange, the Warriors sent Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and the expiring contract of Kwame Brown to Milwaukee.

The teams had not confirmed the deals, which must be finalized by Thursday afternoon to meet the NBA transfer deadline. The new faces should be in place when the Bucks visit Golden State for a game on Friday.

Bogut, 27, was the top choice of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Bucks but the 7-footer played in only 12 games this season before breaking his left ankle on January 25 at Houston.

Bogut has also been hampered by surgery on his right hand and elbow in 2010 and another operation on his right elbow last April.

The Aussie big man has averaged 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds over his NBA career and will bring the Warriors much-needed power in the middle if healthy, giving him a chance at a new start after years of injury setbacks and misery.

Ellis has two years and $22 million remaining on his contract with an opt-out clause after last year and a backcourt playmaking partner in Brandon Jennings. Ellis has career averages of 19.6 points and 4.4 assists a game.

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