This team was not going to improve until Monta Ellis was no longer on the team. And that's no slight to Monta - who's a great player and should have been on the last 2 All-Star squads. But, he's an undersized 2 guard and that was never going to change.
The only way the team could absorb him at the 2 guard spot would be to have a 6' 5" strong point guard and those are about as common as good 7 footers.
So, this team was going to be hamstrung making illogical decisions and suffering on the wrong end of the trade stick until he was gone.
So, the W's choices to improve were to rip the band aid off now (as they did)...or wait for Monta to leave as a FA (freeing up the position and cap space).
This was the right time as the W's currently have Klay Thompson on the roster and cheap. A potential start 2 guard ready to take Monta's place -- Monta's leaving is not leaving a long term void. This trade is as much about developing KLAY as it was about getting a good 7 footer.
Just listened to Damon Bruce who was ripping the W's for the move and I couldn't disagree more strongly. Bogut, if healthy, will be a steal. Bogut, injury prone, will be worth a 1st round pick to a team making a push to the playoffs. Monta would NEVER have been worth that much.
This is a good move for the future, whether or not the W's lose enough to preserve their pick in the draft.
Having said that, I fully expect to see Mark Jackson play Jenkins, Tyler, Chris Wright and Maguire on a regular basis from here on out. None of them should see less than 15mpg the rest of the way out. That is not tanking -- they should play the youth and try to win WITH them. That also will be building for future - even if they lose.
A move that HAD to happen. Even if Bogut is not 100% next year.