OAKLAND CA - JANUARY 21: Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings tries to steal the ball from Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 21 2011 in Oakland California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors dealt Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for a package led by Andrew Bogut and anchored (literally) by Stephen Jackson. But before consummating that deal, the Warriors reportedly pitched the Sacramento Kings on acquiring the services of Mr. Ellis. From the good sir Sam Amick of SI.com:
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.
The good news is that if the Kings do decide to move Evans, the price is apparently more than one Monta Ellis. That's nothing short of a relief given the most recent trade work of the Kings' front office.
The Warriors paid a pretty substantial price for Bogut, giving up 2010 lottery pick Ekpe Udoh and taking on an extra $8.5 million in 2012-13 salary due to Jackson's contract.