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GM says Bucks don’t have plans to trade Jennings or Ellis

Jan 25, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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Bucks general manager John Hammond just got a three-year contract extension. He’s also the guy that brought together the Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt.

So, you expect them to break it up at the deadline?

In talking with Bucks.com, Hammond said that is not the plan.

“We like our team, we really like Brandon and Monta. We like them playing together, we think they are a dynamic backcourt. And our hope is we can keep that back court together.”

Not that this is really a surprise, but just passing it along.

Jennings is a restricted free agent this summer and the Bucks likely will match any offers he gets, but if a team really wants him and is willing to put in a healthy offer with some poison pulls, maybe they can land him. Just don’t bet on it.

  1. siege102 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    It’s a dangerous time for the Bucks right now. They can keep going the way they are and nab a 7th seed, lose in the first round, and see Jennings get a huge offer they won’t match, and Eliis opt out for more security, leaving them with absolutely nothing.

    Or they can blow the thing up, trade Jennings and Ellis for prospects and picks, start Udrich and Dunleavy the rest of the season, and hope they have 3 lottery picks come season’s end.

    Either way, dangerous

  2. dannomac21 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    As a Bucks fan…this is insanely frustrating.

    Kind of going along with what siege said…the Bucks need to stop this treadmill of mediocrity and properly rebuild. We already have some nice, young assets. Now we need a star.

    But siege, if we’re going to trade players and rebuild, Dunleavy and Udrih certainly wouldn’t be players we’d hang onto this year. Especially on expiring deals. Dunleavy has been great for us this year, and could really help a contendor down the stretch. Same with Udrih.

    My biggest qualn with the Bucks is Monta Ellis. The guy really has mo positives. If he started playing like pre-moped injury Monta then sure, I’d be all for keepig him. But his line drive jumpers, horrible defense, and limited ball handling are all very frustrating to watch.

    The reality is, nothing’s going to change for the Bucks until they get new ownership.

  3. bougin89 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I wouldn’t trade Jennings or Ellis. Lets see what happens. We have roughly $21.5 million coming off the books this year(Jennings, Udrih, Dalembert, and Dunleavy). Probably a good chunk of that goes to Jennings but we have some flexibility. If Ellis does opt out(I think he will) that’s another 11 million in freed up money. If we can’t keep this group together and make some improvements then I’d rather start over.

    Also, the day they signed Drew Gooden I thought I was going to blow a gasket. Everytime I look at his salaries I just shake my head…DUMB DUMB DUMB contract.

  4. dacapt704 - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Anyone remember the combo of Steve Francis/Cuttino Mobley? Thats what this backcourt reminds me of….2 undersized guards, neither really a PG but built like one…both need to shoot the ball to be effective, neither are efficient scorers (volume shooters). Yeah, why make a trade? Sounds like this should lead to years of mediocrity…

    • fm31970 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      I have to agree. Too much overlap between the two skill sets, so get what you can for Ellis now, and take your chances on Jennings come summer.

      I’d rather see them trade away players on a mediocre team for either draft picks or someone they believe they can develop or turn around, but they don’t even know who their next coach is going to be…ugh.

      It’s almost to the point where I wish Kohl would sell the team to the Seattle buyers. Kings stay in Sacto, Seattle gets a team, NBA moves back into a bigger market, and the Bucks are out of mediocre-ville. The Bradley Center is a money loser, and Kohl has shown all the signs of an owner who is making plans to get out of the game. I can’t blame him, he’s been great for Milwaukee, but it might be time to ask the hard questions.

  5. skinsfanwill - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    The Bucks front court will be a force in the next few years. You can always find a 2 guard to complement Jennings. It’s not that easy to find a good PG. Keep Jennings and trade Ellis. Get those injury prone bums outta there (Dunbleavy and Udrih). No need to blow this thing up. I’m a huge fan of Henson. Get him in the weight room and move Ilyasova to the 3 and you will have the biggest front court in basketball.

  6. jryan021489 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    It is really starting to look like the bucks are trying to recreate what the pistons were in 2004 both. both Jennings and Billups are shoot first point guards with average or slightly above average passing ability. Before Rip got the pistons he was a overrated 20 points a game scorer just like Monte was for Golden State. Luc and Taysean prince are the exact same players not to mention they are both princes ( Luc being a real prince and Taysean having the last name). The roles of the two Wallace’s are being played but Erson (Rashead) and Larry sanders ( clearly ben). This might seem like a winning formula because the Piston won it that year but the problem is that at every position the Pistons are better than the bucks, or at best Rip and Monte is a wash

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