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Report: Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans among those who could be traded this season

Dec 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Neither Brandon Jennings nor Tyreke Evans received or agreed to lucrative contract extensions this past offseason.

The thinking on both is that their respective teams need a little more time to decide on where they stand with these players in terms of making a long-term commitment, and since the Bucks and the Kings have the right to match any offers received in restricted free agency, should either have a breakout season, there’s really no risk.

But if a decision is made by either organization that Jennings or Evans aren’t going to be a part of the future of the franchise, then a trade, as opposed to losing the player without compensation, would make a lot of sense.

From Ric Bucher of

Neither Tyreke Evans, nor Brandon Jennings, were given extensions this fall — so which one is more likely to be dealt before the February trade deadline or play somewhere else next season? Put your money on Jennings.

Several teams are already quietly assessing him to decide what he should be worth to them and the Bucks are aware of that. The Kings, according to a source, are simply waiting for someone else to set the value of Evans in restricted free agency next summer.

While no one can quite figure out how to best use Evans or what position he plays, he is a massive talent. The Kings know all that. They don’t want to see that talent harnessed elsewhere. They can’t afford to see that. Now, I have no one from the Bucks saying that they’re ready and willing to move Jennings, but a source indicated he’s more inclined to make his way elsewhere than Evans is.

The Jennings situation is particularly interesting, given the hysterics that surrounded his fairly innocuous comments about wanting to take a look at big market teams when his time to enter free agency arrives.

As for Sacramento, Evans hasn’t developed the way the organization hoped he would have to this point, for a variety of reasons. Seeing him thrive elsewhere would indeed be painful, but no more so than locking him up to a huge contract and then watching him continue to underperform in that situation.

  1. themagicfanguy - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Jennings could be a good choice to take over for Jameer at the point. Then we could trade JJ and move Moore back to his natural position at SG.
    So maybe JJ and either/or Harrington/Ayon/Big Baby for Jennings and a pick?

    • doctorfootball - Dec 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Jennings is no superstar, but adding a bunch of nobody’s (Ayon, Harrington, JJ, Big Baby) to a trade doesn’t make it a fair offer.

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Fans of teams are hilarious. They always expect to be able to get other teams players for a grab bag of mediocre players. This comment is another example of that. Yankees fans are the best example of “delusional trade syndrome.” EX: “Do you think the Nats would trade us Bryce Harper for Phil hughes and brett gardner?”

  2. jagsfan11 - Dec 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Jennings going to Utah…. Write it down

    • saint1997 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      yeah that’s a good point, they’re trying to shop big al and millsap, seems like big al could be a fit

    • abasketballthing - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      It wouldn’t be very smart for the Jazz to go after an undisciplined player who has openly talked about going to a big market when he becomes a FA. He and Ty Corbin wouldn’t get along very well.

      • siege102 - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        People make too much over his “big market” comments. Jennings is a team player and has created no headaches at all for Milwaukee, besides his inconsistent play.

      • stretchfour - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:35 AM

        End of the day, he’ll have no choice cuz he’s a restricted free agent. Whichever team he lands on will control his fate. Most guys play nice when they get somewhere new anyways, and the Jazz look to be a good team going forward.

    • justwannawinna - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Makes sense they have a big and havent had an impact guard since deron williams and the Bucks really need a PF to have as a scorer. Works out so far but Al jefferson should attract more than jennings. Maybe a pick or two

      • stretchfour - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:37 AM

        Gotta keep in mind that Al is an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so they’d only be guaranteed a few months of his services.

  3. rj2323 - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Who wants to dance?

  4. money2long - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    imagine they were simply traded for each other

    • fm31970 - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      It would really hinge upon how the Kings value Jennings. I don’t see them committing to him long term, but would they be happier dealing Evans so they don’t have to make the decision on him?

      The Bucks would need a PG for Jennings no matter what…unless they move Ellis for one. Either way, the Bucks will need to decide if Jennings is the future or not. Ellis is probably not their future, and remember the John Salmons extention? Whoops. Not gonna make that mistake again, though Ellis is a far better player. It seems more about the $$$ commitment for the Bucks, and they just signed Illyasova long term and are still paying Gooden way too much money. Ugh.

      I’d be all for an Evans for Jennings swap, then giving each a few months to see how they fit in.

  5. fats84 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Being a huge bucks fan, I would not mind seeing Jennings traded. He is so inconsistent the bucks could definitely replace him.

    • bougin89 - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      I totally agree. After some games I’m left with the feeling ‘We definitely need to lock this guy up’ but then you watch him in the next two games and you have the feeling ‘this guy is just very average’. IF we can get decent value in a trade, that is probably the best option for us.

  6. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Gasol for Jennings sounds like a good deal for both sides

    • mytthor - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Salaries don’t work. Jennings only makes 3 million and Gasol makes 19. The only big contracts milwaukee has are Beno Udrih making 7 million and Monta Ellis making 11. I assume they don’t want to trade Ellis since they just got him and he’s their best scorer. And although Gasol has been hurt and not playing well, he’s a better player then Jennings, and most people seem to think/know that if he could get more touches down low it would improve how he’s playing.

      I’d love for the Lakers to eat the Udrih contract; Beno and Jennings would make some nice backcourt depth and Jennings would do well at the Barbosa role in the offense. Nash can teach him to be a better passer and takeover when Nash goes. There’s still a few million more that need to come in for the dollars to work. I’d LOVE to snag Luc Ricard Mbah a Moute – fantastic defender and athletic finisher. Play the 3 or the 4 and be a great defender at either spot. Lakers would need to send out Bucks’ choice of Duhon or Morris, probably.

      • purplerain53 - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        Gasol for Jennings?
        You must be kidding, right? Four times All-Star and two times NBA champion for one midlevel guard, who will be sitting on the bench as a Nash’s backup! That is not serious at all.And of course, salary wais it won’t work.The Bucks can get a decent package from the Lakers.Pg D.Morris (21), Sh.G D.J.Odom (23) and PF E.Clark (26).Three young players with bright future and the salaries works perfectly.The Bucks are trying hard to ship Beno Udrih, which will left them with only M.Ellis at the point.With Morris and Johnson-Odom, they will have very talented backups.E.Clark can also play as a SF,which is another benefit for Milwaukee’s team.The Lakers will unload Ch.Duhon and St.Blake very soon and Br.Jennings can became the primary and only backup for aging St.Nash, with option to become a starter for a big market team, once Steve retire.It is a deal made in the heaven for both teams.

      • mytthor - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        OK, I’m a Laker fan, and a Darius Morris fan particularly. But there’s no evidence any of the three players you named are ever even going to be starters in the NBA. Jennings isn’t a top flight guard, but he’s young, and he’s had a 50 point game, which speaks to his potential. That’s a third of the points Morris has scored. In his entire career.

        Gasol is a four time all star and 2 time champion, on a huge contract, with bad knees, on the downside of his career. He’s still very effective, of course, but let’s face facts. You talk up Odom and Morris as good young players, but why would the bucks trade 1 solid young guard for 2 crappy young guards and a useless forward?
        Be serious.

        I also had Mbah a Moute in the trade, by the way, who is one of the best defenders in the league. And Udrih, who is a solid guard also.

        Good point on the salaries not working though. Of course, I made that point in my post, but it’s still a good point.

      • purplerain53 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        @ mytthor

        First, you are stating that you are a D.Morris fan (particularly), then you are calling him crappy!?! Well! He is better than Beno Udrich, younger and much cheaper.People, who has watched the Summer League games told me about D.J.Odom’s potential and good future. Earl Clark is not useless. In the right team, at the right time, he can be a decent NBA player. Many of the former Lakers players are playing a lot better elsewhere than in L.A. The last example is R.Sessions, who had 20 points and six assists last night, as a backup for K.Walker.If the Bucks preffer D.Ebanks, we can send him, instead of E.Clark.
        And to answer your question…”Why would the Bucks trade one solid young guard for two crappy young guards and a useless forward…”
        The Bucks will have to trade Brandon, because he wants out, to play for a big market team. And L.A. is the biggest one.Plus, we need a better PG than Duhon and Blake to take care of the point.Jennings can be a starter for the Lakers with Nash, MWP and Gasol comming off the bench. That is the idea of coach D’Antoni, by the way.And yes, I am agree with you on Luc Mbah a Moute.

    • bougin89 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      As a Buck’s fan I would totally take this trade. For the Lakers you would be trading Gasol for 50 cents on the dollar though.

  7. knowmewell85 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Yeah yeah whatever! When football season is over I’ll start caring about 3/4 of the teams I. The NBA.

  8. themagicfanguy - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    @doctorfootball A bunch of nobodies? JJ could win 6th man of the year the way he is playing! He’s also an expiring contract. Also, big baby is putting up pretty good numbers.
    Doctorfootball is fitting, certainly fits enter than doctorbasketball…

  9. themagicfanguy - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    @Jimmygraham except for the fact that no team wants to take gasol’s crazy contract at his age and with the way he has been playing…

  10. tjromanello - Dec 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Will the Bucks ever be good again? Probably not if they never hang on to anybody good. I still think they will be forever cursed after breaking up Allen/Robinson/Cassell after their Eastern Conf run

  11. themagicfanguy - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Except that it would be a fair trade, Bucks aren’t contenders. Jennings is good, not great. They’d be lucky to get a “grab bag” as good as the Magic could offer for a soon to be free agent.

    • siege102 - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Dude, your dreamin’ so give it up… He’s only a restricted anyway so the Bucks (or any team he is traded to) can match any offer this summer anyway.

      • purplerain53 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        The Bucks can match any offer? That sounds radiculous to me.What about a 5 years deal, starting at $ 9.5 millions? You think, they have that much money to pay him?
        What eventualy can happen is Brandon can sign for one year and after that, he will became an UFA and will choose where to continue his NBA career.The Lakers and the Knicks are the two best destinations for him.

  12. themagicfanguy - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Um no. He will be traded. There aren’t enough above average PG’s in the NBA, so a desperate team will overpay for him. The bucks will then have to choose between being bogged down by a hefty contract when they aren’t even close to contending yet, or let him walk or nothing. So yes, he will be traded. Since he will be traded and is a soon to be restricted FA, other teams that seek his services have all the leverage, they will not offer very much. A “grab bag” of players and late picks is the best the Bucks can hope for. So yes, I would like it o be the Magic. I’ve never said that its GOING to happen, all I’ve said is it would fit.
    The whole “you’re dreaming, get over it…” comment doesn’t apply, it’s a viable scenario. You can say otherwise, and that’s fine.

    • bougin89 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      The Bucks have the leverage here, as they can control if they keep Jennings unless Jennings signs the 1 year qualifying offer and becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2012/2013 season. Jennings is looking for a payday so it’s highly unlikely he takes the one year deal. The Bucks definitely have the leverage as they can just walk away from any trade proposal and keep Jennings…

  13. progress2011 - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    The way Jennings has DOMINATED Deron Williams the last several meetings, if the Bucks trade him, they deserve to remain a bargain basement team, that they are.!

    However, in Jennings defense, if he can get on a top tier team (Chicago- while Rose is out) he can do real damage.

  14. fanz928 - Dec 17, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    TE for A Jamison and Steve Blake

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