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Report: Bucks considering keeping Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings

May 29, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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As we’ve told you before, the Bucks have an interesting postseason ahead of them because their entire backcourt are free agents — Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick are unrestricted free agents (Ellis has to opt out but is widely expected to), Brandon Jennings is restricted (meaning the Bucks can match any offer).

Because they can match, and because he is younger, the original conventional wisdom was the Bucks would keep Jennings by matching any offer and let the other two go.

But that may be changing, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

There is some logic to that if they are willing to spend and keep Redick, too. Ellis and Redick were +6.2 points per 100 possessions when paired this season; Jennings and Redick were -10.5. (For fun, Ellis and Jennings were -2.7 but were by far the most heavily used combo.)

Ellis and Redick played well together, although there are some serious defensive questions about that backcourt pairing over the long haul.

Again, this may come down to both money and whom they can get. Ellis and Redick are unrestricted and can take any offer they want — and there are reports Redick wants out. Jennings the Bucks can match if they want.

Would you really want Ellis over Jennings for the long-term? Maybe that’s a question they should ask their new coach when they hire one, since he’s the guy that has to try and set up a system to make this backcourt work.

  1. jadaruler - May 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Will Monta and Larry settle their issues in a Milwaukee gym this summer ala Balboa/Creed?

  2. sdemp - May 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    . . . and the good executives would say good riddance to all three overrated guards. Draft a guard, sign a guard.

  3. sportsnut101 - May 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I would only keep them both to trade them at a later date Don’t let them walk away for nothing

    Can’t start reddick n Ellis together. They can’t play def Reddick is more of 6th player off the bench

    Eliis is a poor sg who can’t defend. Us he can get hot and score in bunches but that might be every 15 games

    Jennings is so wild. See if u can do sign and trade

  4. bougin89 - May 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    “Would you really want Ellis over Jennings for the long-term?”

    Do we want either for the long term? I say blow it up, let Henson and Sanders develop while trying to get a top pick in the 2014 draft. That’s really our only hope to become legit unless Herb kohl is content with being either at the tail end of the lottery or the first pick outside of the lottery every year. I’m starting to think he is content with that.

    • money2long - May 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      yes, i would want monta.

      he is a really good player. and actually plays some defense. if he is tasked to guard 1’s instead of two’s, he can be really good on both ends of the court. not too many guys in the league can match his offensive firepower. his scoring talent is amazing. jennings has too many nights where he will go 2-12 on shooting. monta might have those nights, but with jennings, it’s not even shocking when he does it.

    • fm31970 - May 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Agree. All three are undersized, and none of them has Stephen Curry-like shooting to make up for the height and defensive deficiencies.

      Seems like such a waste now to have traded Tobias Harris away for Reddick, too, but do they really want to lock into Jennings for another four years when he’s peaked already? I hope not.

      The draft is the answer.

  5. thomaskouns - May 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Milwakee probably isn’t drooling over either Ellis and Jennings. As a Golden State fan and Bay Area resident, I think pretty much everybody here would have given Monte away for free given how much better the Warriors played simply by not havinng him on the roster.

    Both players are high volume, low percentage shooters – 40%; both consider defending a communicable disease; neither are known to be stellar locker room guys and both are undersized 2’s masquerading as 1’s.

  6. raiderinvader - May 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    hire Kelvin Sampson and keep Brandon Jennings.monta Ellis just isn’t worth the headaches he brings .that’s why the warriors sent him packing from sunny California to frozen tundra of Americas dairy and beer heartland !

  7. money2long - May 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    ellis can be a really hard to guard point guard if he ever shifted full time to that position. and YES, he is very much capable of playing the position. in fact, he would be in the derrick rose mold, only less athletic. at the two guard, he is at a disadvantage, however, he holds his own. i actually don’t think it would be bad to keep ellis over jennings if they can get something in return for jennings that helps the team.

  8. pack93z - May 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    And this is considered news how? Look, I am glad some national pundit is writing anything about the Bucks, but as a WI native and reluctant NBA fan, how could you not consider all options.

    Personally, I would rather let Jennings and Ellis both walk, and keep Reddick as the only one of the three. Pair him with a pass first and defensive capable PG and we would instantly improve. Keep Dunleavy, we have a Erzan that can help stretch the floor.. we would have scoring options.

    But beyond that.. this team really needs a coach that can bridge the gap of communication to the players, build an honest rapport with the players (all players) and start to actually play ‘team’ basketball. Not just lip service to it.

  9. jjthesportsguy - May 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Hahahaha. I’m sooo glad I didn’t renew my season tickets for next year. This is going to be comical. Ellis and JJ Redick. Jason Kidd might consider playing another year if the Bucks are on next year’s schedule 10-12 times.

  10. thomaskouns - May 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Being ‘capable’ of playing defense and doing it are two entirely separate things.

  11. scoocha - May 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Since it’s impossible for me to watch the unbearable NBA, has Redick started playing defense yet? Just asking because I have no clue. It seems that he plays more than he did a few years back.

    • Kurt Helin - May 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Then why are you commenting on an NBA blog? Just curious.

      • scoocha - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        But has Redick started playing D?

    • silverbuffalo - May 30, 2013 at 3:09 AM

      The Chronicles of Redick will always have short chapters!

  12. silverbuffalo - May 30, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Think back to the 1960’s and the players this team once had … the past 50 years … not so much

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