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Report: Brandon Jennings on the trade block “for right price”

Mar 12, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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All you fans trying to dream up trade scenarios where your team can land a star point guard by just trading away a rack of shootaround basketballs — or Luke Walton — we have another name to consider.

Brandon Jennings.

They are rethinking everything in Milwaukee and injured center Andrew Bogut was already on the rumored trade list. But the Bucks are listening to offers for their quick young point guard, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

Sources said Milwaukee has made third-year point guard Brandon Jennings available “for the right price,” as one executive who has spoken to the Bucks put it. Jennings, who was drafted 10th overall in 2009 and has been considered the team’s future franchise player, irked Bucks officials with his comments to ESPN.com in early February about a possible departure.

Those comments were about him keeping his options open and checking out big market teams after his rookie deal. Jennings could in 2013 become a restricted free agent but Milwaukee could match any offer. Look, Brandon: Everyone signs their second deal with the team that drafted him — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard all did — and that’s because you want the big payday. Jennings will not likely sign elsewhere either.

As for trading Jennings, the price to get him is likely too steep for most teams — the Bucks are going to want real quality players back. Jennings is good but he is a shoot first point hitting just 40.2 percent of his shots this season — and that is a a career best. With some other guards on the market at more affordable prices, teams are not about to pay what the Bucks think Jennings is worth. But it is something to watch.

  1. gmen4life33 - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Some team please give MIL some nice picks for him, I really want my Knicks in the playoffs this year. Sad, I know, but such is the life of a Knicks fan.

    Side note, it would cost the Knicks 500 million in marketing $, but why not trade Lin for Nash right now. Knicks have a team of chuckers, and only Nash can make them a real team. I love Lin, but he doesnt have 1/2 the vision Nash does, not many do. It gives us a chance to win for 3 years, and then you rebuild again. Plus Nash would transform Amare from “horrible contract” to “wow what a player”.

    • onebadace - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Should they wear throwback Suns jerseys too?

      • gmen4life33 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        haha, but seriously it will be the old Suns on Steroids (plus Chandler alley-oop action and Melo’s one-on-one when offense isnt working)

    • jolink653 - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      maybe we can trade d’antoni for clipper darrell since i hear he’s looking to relocate…we’ll have a mascot and we can just pick a new fan every game to coach the team…not like the coaching could get much worse anyway and it’ll put fans in the seats

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Nash can give Amare new knees?

  2. 00maltliquor - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    This is nothing to keep an eye on! I am convinced there will be no trades this year.

  3. glink123 - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    The NBA needs to take a good hard look at the viability of keeping Milwaukee as a franchise city. Chicago is right down the road. The team annually flirts with the number eight playoff seed, always failing by a couple games. So they shuffle their feet into the lottery, picking between 8th and 11th, too low to get a star, yet high enough to stay optimistic. They usually pick a dud, but occasionally strike gold. When they do strike gold, they lurk around .500 for a few years, then fire their coach, trade away their rare lottery nugget, and return to perpetual rebuilding mode. Seriously, they haven’t been a legitimate contender for a top-4 playoff seed in over 40 years.

    • xxbomberxx - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      You were right about 98% of your post … but you forget The Bucks were one game away from the NBA FINALS in 2001, and lost to the 76ers. We had a pretty good run in the Big 3 era, The town was rocking! The Bradley Center was full, The Bucks COULD thrive here in Milwaukee, but like your post said we seem to be on this perpetual merry go round of mediocrity. Cant blame Herb hes done all he can do, except hire the RIGHT basketball people.

    • theripster30 - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      A decade ago, the Bucks were a game away from the NBA finals. Most teams can’t say that. They were contenders the whole Karl era. The Bucks were a 6 seed a couple years back, and even though they lost their best Player in Andrew Bogut with about 10 games remaining, they still made it to game 7. You generalize and clearly follow every media puppet who can’t go five minutes without reminding us the Bucks are a small market team. Your ignorance speaks loud volumes.

  4. glink123 - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    okay, maybe 25 years, but still…

    • muskyhunter2542 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Do you not remember the years of the big 3? Eastern Conf. Finals…. That was a bit less then 25 years ago!!!

    • boiler72 - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      So what? What’s your point? For example, what year was the Knicks’ last world title and what is their market size compared to Milwaukee’s? Seems to me like market sizes don’t win championships. The Bucks have their die-hard fans and to suggest that the Bucks should leave Milwaukee because only half a million people live there, is ridiculous. The Bucks’ problem is their stupid senator owner, not their market size.

      • xxbomberxx - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        Give me some examples of what makes the Sen. stupid. Hes done everything he can do to make the team good. Hired the best available GM’s, hired the best coaches (that would come to Milwaukee) He’s been open to paying guys even to a fault. Name one big name that we lost because The Sen. wouldnt pay him. He does whatever moves his GMs tell him, the only thing hes done wrong is hiring the wrong gms. If you tell him who the best available GM is, Kohl would hire him in a heartbeat if he’d come.

  5. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    glink123 – Mar 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM
    The NBA needs to take a good hard look at the viability of keeping Milwaukee as a franchise city. Chicago is right down the road. The team annually flirts with the number eight playoff seed, always failing by a couple games. So they shuffle their feet into the lottery, picking between 8th and 11th, too low to get a star, yet high enough to stay optimistic. They usually pick a dud, but occasionally strike gold. When they do strike gold, they lurk around .500 for a few years, then fire their coach, trade away their rare lottery nugget, and return to perpetual rebuilding mode. Seriously, they haven’t been a legitimate contender for a top-4 playoff seed in over 40 years.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    If David Stern had his way The Milwaukee Bucks would be elsewhere. After 2001 where he cheeted Milwaukee out of game 7 of the eastern conf. finals by suspending Scott Williams who was having a very good series.
    The Bucks swept the Lakers that year and Stern made sure that there was no chance Milwaukee being the 22nd renked midia market would play the Lakers in the finals. He wanted the bigger market in Philly.
    What happend next was that 30-40% of the Bucks fans just realized that as long as stern is in office they will never have a chance. So they just stopped caring.

    • AlohaMrHand - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Oh BS!You and your conspiracies about Stern and the NBA product is foolish and there is no evidence to prove it!

      signed Tim Doneghy.

  6. theripster30 - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    A decade ago, the Bucks were a game away from the NBA finals. Most teams can’t say that. They were contenders the whole Karl era. The Bucks were a 5 seed a couple years back, and even though they lost their best Player in Andrew Bogut, they still made it to game 7. You generalize and clearly follow every media puppet who can’t go five minutes without reminding us the Bucks are a small market team. Your ignorance speaks loud volumes.

  7. innerarrogance - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    I don’t feel MIL is the best system of basketball for Jennings to be a part of. He needs more young players around him, like a Golden State, LAC and Bobcats. Run & Gun style of play, I think he’d fit well with the Lakers…anywhere but MIL!!

  8. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    In 2001, the Milwaukee Bucks played the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The small-market Bucks (who had not even been featured on NBC that year prior to the second round of the Playoffs) did not have any “big-time” stars, with the exception of Ray Allen (who, despite being popular, was not in the upper-echelon of NBA players in terms of endorsements). Their opponent that year, the 76ers had the polarizing and popular Allen Iverson, who had a multitude of shoe deals and mainstream recognition. The Sixers also featured that year’s winners of the MVP award in Iverson,[42] Defensive Player of the Year award in Dikembe Mutumbo,[43] Sixth Man of the Year award in Aaron McKie,[44] and Coach of the Year award in Larry Brown.[45]

    The series had several calls deemed dubious by the Bucks and their fans. Glenn Robinson, Sam Cassell and George Karl joined Allen in complaining about the officiating and hinting that the league was against them. Karl and Allen were both fined for their comments.[41] In Game 6 of the tensely-fought series, Bucks forward Scott Williams threw an elbow at Iverson and was subsequently suspended for the deciding Game 7. After the Bucks lost Game 7 on the road, Sports Illustrated columnist Marty Burns insinuated that the suspension may have been a form of payback by the league:

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