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Report: Bucks tell teams Brandon Jennings is off market

Feb 20, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

Jason Kidd, Brandon Jennings AP

While he denies it, multiple reports suggest Brandon Jennings wants out of Milwaukee. His hiring of a new agent known for getting players to big markets adds fuel to that fire.

But the latest reports suggest the Bucks want to hold on to Jennings and are willing to ship his backcourt mate Monta Ellis out of town.

It all ties into the ongoing talks between the Bucks and Hawks about a possible Josh Smith trade. Marc Stein at ESPN has the details:

Yet amid all of those talks, sources say, Jennings has moved alongside Larry Sanders and John Henson on the Bucks’ list of near-untouchables. This is despite Jennings’ widely presumed desire to leave Milwaukee in free agency this summer after failing to seal a contract extension in October like fellow point guards Jrue Holiday, Stephen Curry and Ty Lawson and then changing agents earlier this month.

Of course, if you were going to try and trade a guy, this is what you’d leak. It’s all about the leverage.

Jennings is a restricted free agent this summer and the Bucks are likely to match any offer that isn’t floating well into the eight digits a year. The question with Jennings is how much are you willing to pay for potential? He is averaging 18.8 points a game, but is shooting less than 40 percent. He’s an above average point guard right now, but the question is how much are you willing to pay for potential?

One thing is clear, the Bucks are about to undergo some real shifts. One way or another.

  1. jkrall920 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Dump him now before you end up overpaying for him in the summer. He can NOT take us to the promised land. If you need someone to chuck 30 shots and shoot under 40%, I am your man.

  2. pack93z - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Lets not forget the kid is only 23.. he is just starting to hit his potential.. and if the Bucks play the match game, they can always bail if the price tag gets to steep.

    But the Bucks also have to think about closing out this season with some sense of success.. and I truly believe if you give the Bucks a bit more balance on the offensive end with a another consistent shooter at guard.. Jennings quickness and ability to drive will become more effective. It will place pressure on the defensive spacing which isn’t there today. Teams are willing to allow Ellis space because he doesn’t have a consistent jumper. Watch when Dunleavy is on the floor.. a consistent shooter that allows the offense to flow overall better.

    • fm31970 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      IIRC, his stats and in particular, his shooting percentage, have shown little improvement since he came into the league, but I agree about the spacing and pairing him with a more efficient shooter.

      Gonna be an interesting 24 hours…

  3. ghelton03 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Just another factless, stupid report by a more increasing number of stupid sports reporters.

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