Well, if the Stephen Jackson for Jefferson & a conditional 1st is confirmed and going to go through( link here: http://blog.sfgate.com/warriors/2012/03/15/gs-warriors-trade-cpt-jack-for-richard-jefferson/?tsp=1)
I am suddenly feeling a LOT better about the Udoh/Ellis swap.
Initially, while I understand am actually excited of adding Bogut(if he ever manages to stay healthy), I felt giving up Udoh AND taking back Jackson simply made any positives from the trade moot, because (1) Udoh is going to be one of the best defensive bigs in the league, and he actually has an offensive game which is rare to see in elite defenders, and (2) there was no way in hell I wanted S-Jax back on this young club.
But now, with the Spurs trade, it essentially means we did:
Bogut, Jefferson, and a conditional 1st
Wow, this seems so much better. I understand we are taking an additional year of salary back in return, but as everyone says, you become much more successful building through the draft instead of free agency. WHile I would have enjoyed seeing us add Gerald Wallace, and Jefferson isn't doing too hot right now, Jackson and Jefferson have equal value. Adding the draft pick, which I hope we will be able to qualify for in this year's draft, will be a huge bonus, as it has been widely reported this is a deep draft.
I'm not entirely confident that we will lose enough games to keep our pick this year, which would suck. I think this club is still actually good enough to win games, because of the overall talent and desire. But now with the Spurs pick, which I'm guessing might be protected top-20, here are some players that I think would be solid for the Warriors in the post 20 range:
I am particualrly excited about Tony Mitchell. If we could add him, it would be an absolute gem of a pickup, and I would be a lot better with losing Udoh. Moultrie or Ezeli would be solid pickups as well.
In addition, along with the news that we have acquired another 2nd round pick from the Hawks for cash:
I feel a lot better about the direction the team is going now. When the Ellis trade struck, I wasn't sure if the FO actually had a plan or just decided to make a deal for the sake of making a deal. I see now that they are trying to head in the right direction, building through the draft, and I can see this team becoming like the Pacers out East - built with + pieces at every position, starting and off the bench, but in addition, we have potential top 5 players at the Point Guard and Center position.
Suddenly, the future is looking much much better. Look up Warriors fans.