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The Idea of The Mississippi Bullet shooting elsewhere

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Height w/o Shoes Height w/shoes Weight Wingspan Standing Reach Body Fat No Step Vert Max Vert Bench Press Lane Agility 3/4 Court Sprint Class Rank
6' 2.25" 6' 3.25" 177 6' 2.75" 8' 2" NA 26.5 31.5   12.13 3.31 70

Before anybody thinks I am bashing Monta Ellis I want to let it be known that I am a huge fan of his. I have been keeping up with his basketball skills since his Lanier days (I have mentioned I still have a copy of high school article from SLAM Magazine) and have watched him grown from the quiet low-key rookie to the captain of just an average (as in not a playoff team but definitely not the Timberwolves or Cavaliers) basketball team.

I think the reason most people do not want to see him go is because he is the last player left from the We Believe Movement (I don't count Andris Biedrins as part of the roster anymore) and that seeing him in a different jersey would only be disgusting. BUT what you are not realizing is that holding onto him for so long treating him as our star player is only crippling this franchise. I think the best for not only him but for Stephen Curry as well is that they be broken up; I know people would rather see Curry go because he has more "trade value" but it's not going to happen. I say it is not going to happen as Curry is still on a rookie scale contract and we will not get fair value in return whatsoever UNLESS we package him for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul which is not happening as of right now, we'll see next summer though!.

I do not mind Monta being traded to a contender as long as it not any team in our conference ESPECIALLY the Lakers. If Monta is traded for a "big man" it would be an undersized tweener like Josh Smith and we already have Lee so it wouldn't make any sense so the best thing for this franchise to do is trade him for size at one of the wing positions; it is the only thing that make sense for this franchise and Curry's development.

A LIST OF PLAYERS THAT PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD HAVE HAD INTEREST IN:

Andre Iguodala (SF/SG)- 6'7 & 215 LBS

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PROS: He is the best compliment to Steph Curry's game out there available and this seem like the most likely trade scenario at the moment. He brings defense toughness that will help with new coach Mark Jackson's philosophy and has leadership skills that will come in handy.

CONS: His contract can be scary for those not knowing much about basketball and some have argued that his offensive skills have taken a dip since the 08-09 season but on a team like this one with so many weapons his defensive will make up for that.

ANDREW BYNUM (C)- 7'0 & 285 LBS

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(I wonder what Kobe was looking at?!)

PROS: Despite being overshadowed by Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, & Lamar Odom he shows promise and potential to be franchise player worthy. Despite being in the league for about six years now he is still ONLY 23 YEARS OLD. Once Kobe retires I can see the Lakers finally passing the torch over to this guy.

CONS: His knees are definitely a killer as he is ONLY 23 YEARS OLD with the knee problems of a 10-year veteran. His immaturity is also a killer as dirty plays in recent years on Gerald Wallace, Michael Beasley and recently J.J. Barea shows he still has a long way to go in that facet of being professional. Last but not least, the Lakers aren't going to let him go unless it possibly lures Dwight Howard out of Orlando which is probably not going to happen. (I really don't want Monta to be in the same division as us just to throw that in there.) 

JOSH SMITH (TWEENER)- 6'8 & 220 LBS?!

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PROS: I put the question mark next to Josh Smith's physique numbers because he looks bigger and plays bigger than what he truly is known for. He has above average passing/ballhandling skills for a tweener and can rebound better than most. He brings defensive toughness that will be needed for this team moving forward.

CONS: He can't shoot...POINT...BLANK...PERIOD...and his shot selection is terrible. If we didn't have David Lee (an undersized "big man" in his own right) I would say he would be possibly the best option after Iggy . The only way I see him going is if we can package David Lee's huge contract with him but we all know that's not happening. ATL will try to swap Dorell Wright for Marvin Williams as well which is also not happening.

LUOL DENG (SF/SG)- 6'9 & 220 LBS

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PROS: A very versatile player that has improved in nearly every aspect of his game since coming into the league and can be the defensive stopper that Dorell Wright was supposed to be. He has proven he can play under pressure which is something a young team like the Warriors desperately need as they made a lot of mental errors late in games all of last season.

CONS: His contract...it's just plain awful and he would be sending us back a couple of seasons if we took on his contract. The Bulls are a huge fan of Luol Deng within the organization and they might not be willing to move him for an undersized combo guard in Monta when they already have one in Derrick Rose.

BRANDON ROY (SF/SG/PG)- 6'6 & 210 LBS

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(No, just no!!!!)

DERRICK WILLIAMS (TWEENER)- 6'9 & 250 LBS

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(This only happens if Minnesota is ignorant enough to trade us their draft choice for Monta in addition to Irving being selected by the Cavaliers with the #1 Pick!)

PROS: He's young, he has a swagger to his game, and not only that he has potential to be a star in this league for years to come. A core of the future of him, Ekpe Udoh, & Curry would not only be intimidating down the line but it will cause havoc as they will have the potential to destroy you offensively and defensively if developed properly. On the business side of things we will definitely have more cap space for the summer if Monta is traded to Minnesota allowing us to have more on the side to sign AN IMPACT CENTER.

CONS: Monta's game is just too much to just trade away for an unproven rookie alone in addition it just would not be right to send him to the Timberwolves to play with Kevin Love & the great Ricky Rubio. I wouldn't make this trade unless the Wolves handed us Wesley Johnson & possibly a future draft pick as well.

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Even though it will be hard for some of us to deal with, but Monta Ellis being traded now while Curry is still young is the best thing this organization can do not only for now but in the long run. Monta would do better player next to a bigger combo guard that can defend the shooting guards in the league like Jrue Holiday, Rodney Stuckey, or even a Jason Kidd. Monta will always be a Warrior for Life probably just not in one of our uniforms...

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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