COHN: Trading Monta Ellis was shrewd move for Warriors

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

There has been disappointment about Andrew Bogut, and with good reason. He has been a presence on the Warriors in the sense of mostly being an absence. And now, in addition to his bum ankle, he has a bad back and he has a doctor's note for more absences. If he were a student, you'd call him a truant.

Bogut's status — call it non-status — raises a question. Did the Warriors blow it March 13 when they traded Monta Ellis for Bogut? Other players were involved, but Ellis and Bogut were the crux of the issue.

There's another way to phrase the question. Would you prefer the Warriors never had made that dramatic trade?

If you answered yes, if you prefer the Warriors did not make that trade, you need to look at the NBA standings where the Warriors, who finished third from the bottom in the Western Conference last season, are currently in sixth place. The Ellis-for-Bogut trade was a winner even though Bogut has missed a ton of games, even though, for a while, he was playing every other game — admittedly, a peculiar arrangement — even though he has a bulging disk which could keep him out a while.

How can this be? You trade your best player for essentially no player and it's still a good deal?

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