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Monta Ellis -- what they're saying

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Monta Ellis -- what they're saying

Big-time trades always result in high-profile homecomings, but in the case of Wednesday's deal between the Bucks and Warriors -- which sent Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh from Golden State to Milwaukee -- the ink barely had time to dry on the paperwork.

Ellis and Udoh return to Oakland Friday night and it's a topic that has Bay Area basketball fans buzzing. What are people saying? Leave your comment below about the return of Monta Ellis, and check out some of what's been said in the aftermath of the blockbuster, five-player trade.

Monta makes Milwaukee a playoff team
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Michael Hunt gives the home team a thumbs up:

"They got Ellis for a guy who wasn't even playing. Ellis should make the Bucks a playoff team. They were in the top eight in the East at the time of the trade, and now there is no excuse for them to not remain there.

... Whether or not Ellis remains with the franchise very long, it is a move that has a chance to work right now."

VIDEO REWIND: Monta Ellis' trick-shot magic

A terrific move
Here's a video clip of Hunt's take on the deal, which he characterizes as "a terrific move," adding that "Monta Ellis, a guy who can help guard Brandon Jennings push the ball up the floor."

A great player, a great scorer
New teammate Beno Udrih, who knows Ellis well from his time with the Sacramento Kings praised the move.

"He's a great player, a great scorer, plays aggressive," Udrih told Bucks beat writer Charles F. Gardner. "I think we're going to gain a little on our fast break because he's so quick. Kick ahead to him, and he just beats everybody to the basket. So we'll see what happens."

Milwaukee gets quicker
Bucks head coach Scott Skiles, who favored a high-tempo approach when he was a player, underscored the value of speed in remarks to the Associated Press.
Hopefully, we might even get a little bit quicker," Skiles told reporters. "Certainly Monta's quick - very quick. And hopefully we'll continue to kind of play in that style and move the ball around and cause people problems."

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Who won the deal?
That's the question that everyone's asking. ESPN.com polled five national NBA bloggers and the final tally was 3-1 Bucks, with one journo hedging his bet.

Kerr: Nick Young vs Pat McCaw 'hasn't crystalized at all for me'

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Kerr: Nick Young vs Pat McCaw 'hasn't crystalized at all for me'

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

In the Warriors' win over the Pelicans on Friday night, Pat McCaw did not get any playing time.

Nick Young was on the floor for 11 minutes.

"The way I look at Nick and Patrick -- I don't think either one has won the job, backup two," Kerr said after the game. "So I may play Pat tomorrow, I don't know. We'll figure it out.

"They're both gonna play, and there are gonna be nights where one of 'em may not get in."

On Saturday night against the Grizzlies, Young was -3 in five minutes and missed both of his 3-point attempts.

McCaw recorded two assists and a steal but he was -9 in 12 minutes.

Following shootaround on Monday in Dallas, Kerr said the following:

Sounds like this is going to be a point of discussion for the foreseeable future...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry golfs with Barack Obama, Jordan Spieth in Dallas

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Steph Curry golfs with Barack Obama, Jordan Spieth in Dallas

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After the Warriors lost to the Grizzlies on Saturday night in Memphis, they flew to Dallas.

And on Sunday in the Lone Star State, Steph Curry enjoyed some free time on the golf course:

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From left to right -- Jonnie West, Seth Curry, Kevin Plank (Under Armour CEO), Jordan Spieth, Barack Obama, Curry.

This is not the first time Curry has enjoyed a round of golf with Obama, as the two hit the links back in August 2015.

"My third time actually, so it's old news," Curry joked after shootaround on Monday. "We're always teammates. We're 2-1 now. Much better record than the Warriors."

What was Obama like?

"Same personality, same kind of charisma and vibe around him," Curry said. "Just maybe two or three less secret service members."

Curry and the Warriors face the Mavs on Monday night.

Seth Curry unfortunately will not suit up because of a left leg injury.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller