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Report: Mavericks interested in Brandon Jennings. If Bucks move him.

Feb 13, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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The Milwaukee Bucks have tested the trade waters for Brandon Jennings — he’s a restricted free agent this summer they think is going to potentially get offers larger than they want to match. So do you trade him now and get something for him? The Bucks will listen.

The Mavericks are interested if Milwaukee is serious, tweeted Marc Stein of ESPN.

For the Mavericks this makes sense — they want a point guard of the future and Jennings could be that guy. Cuban has regretted on giving up on Steve Nash too quickly and would love to have someone that can play fast and lead his team. Look what Cuban said Monday, as reported by ESPNDallas.com.

“I’ll analogize it to Steve Nash,” Cuban said Monday, speaking in generalities about the type of player the Mavs would target. “Whatever we saw in Nash and [Michael] Finley with Donnie [Nelson] back then, same type of thing. There’s been lots of players we picked up over time that weren’t All-Stars that turned into cornerstones. We’d take those.

“They don’t have to be proven. They’d have to be someone we think it’s just a question of time or system or coaching or whatever.”

If the Bucks try to foist Drew Gooden as part of this deal, it likely does right there.

Even if it is just Jennings, the challenge is what would go back to the Bucks, who would want another point guard or a big man. Darren Collison or Brandan Wright are not going to get it done, so Dallas is going to have to find a way to send actual quality back.

All that said, keep your eye on Jennings for the next week, and Dallas as well.

  1. jimthebuilder27 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Same old Bucks, trading away their best players. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, Andrew Bogut, and now looking to continue that trend. Some things never change!

    • jameskocian - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      I disagree. First off, the Bogut trade was a great one. The Aussie was always brittle, but ever since the elbow/wrist shattering it was clear he wasn’t going to materialize to the hopeful expectations we all had of the #1 overall pick.

      I’m not convinced BJ is even the Bucks best player. Most fans love/hate him, and usually within the same game. He gets hot for a quarter, then misses everything with that annoying floater shot. Further, he doesn’t close out games well.

      All that to say, BJ3 is going to want, and seek a MAX contract. So are you advocating the Bucks re-sign him and tie up all those dollars? We JUST got out from one of those organization-crippling deals (#22, M.Redd).

      Everyone is movable. Always. For the right deal, the right price, the right return. If the deal makes sense and ultimately makes the Bucks better over the long term (that’s a big “IF”), my vote is – by all means do it.

      • cjhauch - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        I could not agree with you more sir. Brandon Jennings has less than stellar court vision, an atrocious arsenal of shots, horrible on ball defense, and plays with no fire to win anymore. He shoots .395% from the field and creates no opportunities for his other four teammates while on the floor. If the Bucks could acquire a pass first point guard to click with Monta Ellis, by all means they should do it.

    • nightman13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      What do you propose they do?

      The Ray Allen deal was terrible and Bucks fans hate George Karl for doing it (mostly because it didn’t need to be done) but there’s no way the Bogut trade should be criticized.

    • tjg08 - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      For the record, they aren’t trading him to trade him. This ignorant pile demanded a trade. I don’t want someone here that doesn’t want to be here.

    • moneymike23 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Jennings isn’t their best player nor is he any where close to Allen or Jabbars league.

      Good riddance to that overrated fool.

  2. thekingdave - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Dallas was absolutely nothing of value to trade, for anybody or anything.

    • moneymike23 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      You can have him for free. He is an atrocious shooter and overrated player with no upside.

    • fm31970 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Surely they have expiring contracts? Isn’t Kaman on a one-year deal? IIRC Mayo signed only a two year deal, so if someone’s looking for a gunner…

      Jennings isn’t a franchise player, and he’s not a max deal guy, either. I didn’t think James Harden was either, though, so I may be wrong about BJ, but I think the Bucks have seen his lack of improvement in the three years he’s been here as a sign that he’s not going to give them much more than what he already has, so it makes sense to move him now.

      I’m sure if the Mavs want him, a third team would get involved and they’d all find a way to get a deal done.

      • sprest83 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Incorrect, the mavs entire roster is on a one year deal with the exception to the rookies, vince, marion, and Dirk.

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