Warriors trade Stephen Jackson away
Bay Area News Group reports:
The Warriors' recompense for trading guard Monta Ellis -- who returns to Oracle Arena on Friday night as a Milwaukee Buck -- is now a little sweeter.
Hours before Thursday's noon trade deadline, the Warriors used a piece they acquired from Milwaukee in the Ellis trade, swingman Stephen Jackson, to land a conditional first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Golden State sent Jackson to San Antonio for the Spurs' first-rounder, small forward Richard Jefferson and the expiring contract of point guard T.J. Ford.
Winding up with a starting center for the future (Andrew Bogut) and a first-round draft pick makes the departures of Ellis and second-year big man Ekpe Udoh go down more smoothly for Golden State.
"We've changed the organization," general manager Larry Riley said. "We've changed the Warriors organization in terms of the way we do business and our roster."