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Report: Bucks let teams know Brandon Jennings available in trade

Jun 27, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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It’s time for the Bucks to make a decision on Brandon Jennings — do they offer him a contract extension (he thinks he deserves the max, he thinks he’s better than he is), or do you let another team come in and set the price for the restricted free agent then decide if you want to keep him?

Or, how about options C — trade him.

The Bucks seem to be exploring option C, reports Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times.

As teams can try to poach him as a free agent in a few days and not give up any players, that right price must not be all that high.

But teams may be interested in a sign-and-trade with Jennings to exchange pieces and that is what the Bucks are really putting out there.

Brandon Jennings is as quick a point guard as they come, and he scored 17.5 points a game last season with 6.5 assists. But he shot just 39 percent overall and his defense is not good. His efficiency dropped last year as he didn’t really mesh well with Monta Ellis or particularly J.J. Redick (they were -10.5 points per 100 possessions when paired).

Jennings got most of his offense as the pick-and-roll ball handler but shot just 40.1 percent in that role and scored a pedestrian 0.84 points per possession that way. He’s worse in isolation, shooting just 28.5 percent.

What you think of Jennings really depends on how much you think he can improve those weaknesses and become a more efficient player. We’ll see if any GMs are believers, but I wouldn’t expect the Bucks are going to get great offers coming back their way for him.

  1. jjthesportsguy - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    All the teams that I can think of with the great coach and veteran leadership that Jennings needs already have a solid PG. Sorry Brandon, there is the door. Please leave Milwaukee, and take Monta Ellis/JJ Redick with you.

  2. cflip376 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Has this guy even made any real significant improvements to his game in the four years he’s been in the league? That’s a big red flag for me.

  3. pmx8411 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Jennings can play, he’s just in a small market…remember this dude drop 50 when he was a rookie

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      The small market has nothing to do with his perpetual inefficiency. I actually like Brandon Jennings, but the red flags are there, and they have absolutely nothing to do with him playing in a small market.

      • cubsfan101 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        I actually kind of disagree with that. I’m an extremely passionate Bucks fan, and Jennings drives me up the wall. Whenever the Bucks play in MSG, he’s an entirely different player. I don’t have the stats on it, but he can drop 30+ like its nothing whenever we play in a big city. I think being on the big stage motivates him, which is why he struggles in the small market of Milwaukee

    • doctorfootball - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      “remember this dude drop 50 when he was a rookie”

      So did Dana Barros and Willie Burton. Jennings is talented, but he doesn’t necessarily make his teammates better and takes way too many bad shots

    • bougin89 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Are you saying he can play but you haven’t watched him play, which would actually mean you can’t tell if he can play?

      I would say the general consensus among Bucks fans that actually watch the team is that Jennings isn’t terrible but he’s incredibly frustrating and it doesn’t seem like he is willing to work hard enough to become a complete and efficient player. He’s in it for the money.

      • cubsfan101 - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        He’s motivated by the big market and the big money. Been pretty open about that. He knows that he’s probably not gonna get either in Milwaukee. I would guess he would try harder to be a complete player somewhere like New York

    • theripster30 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      What does being in a small market have to do with anything? You and many others are just so easily manipulated by the media, that it actually makes me feel smarter than the rest of society. San Antonio, Memphis, Indiana, Oklahoma City are all small market teams. These are successful teams (franchises), with some of the most marketable players in the league. Therefore, their shortcomings aren’t reflected by what market they are in. Every writer is just as lazy and unoriginal as the next. They all assume the Bucks suck because of their market, when there is proof right in front of their ugly faces the Bucks have made questionable moves over the years. Currently, MOST of the best teams in the league are in cities the same size as Milwaukee. 95 percent of journalists in sports media are clueless (and/or classless) idiots, and they actually have the power to drag down somewhat knowledgeable sports fans. Example, ESPN has created a generation of moronic sports fans.

    • bcookson777 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Well it was 55 i was there and it was amazing! Problem is that there hasn’t been much since then. He played better when Luke Ridour was on the team.Really believe he is a great talent, just not max talent way to inconsistent. Wish him well but it’s time for him to move on. Time to rebuild in MKE. Just so you know Kareem, Marcus, Ray, Big dog, Redd,Sidney, Lainier. hey they all suceeded in little ole MKE. Stop making excuses for mediocrity.

  4. goraidersgospurs - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Poor man AI, but still a decent player!!!

  5. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    T wolves. D will, #9 and choose between one of our turrible back up PGs

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      And where, by chance, does he fit in your lineup when you already have a point guard in Ricky Rubio?

      • homegrowntalentmn - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        could careless… talent is talent. he could play SG when Rubio is on the floor. just like rid an jj played SG when Rubio was on floor last season.. not saying its ideal but anything is better then playing those two. plus d will is just the dude Rubio throws it up too. budinger is our best option at SF

      • gpatrick15 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        Talent is talent, sure, but you can’t just acquire talent with no regard for fit. Ridnour played SG with Rubio on the floor. How successful was that team? Reddick, Jennings, and Ellis just tried something similar and to no ones surprise it didn’t work. You cannot just throw stuff at the wall to see what sticks. A back court of Rubio and Jennings together only helps the other team.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        A shooting guard who can’t shoot. Sure that makes sense.

  6. noaz46 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Jennings has improved, he bumped up his assists number 1 whole assist this season from the previous year, and he was averaging around 19 ppg before Boylan decided to stop playing as much toward the end of the season and while sharing shots with Monta Ellis. Hes gotten smarter since he came into the league, hes a better passer and hes started to learn that when he isn’t scoring he can be a passer, he had a season high 17 ast this season, and hes not just a jump shooter anymore, hes learned to finish at the rim. So yes he has improved, the problem is that everybody remembers his scoring 55 points his rookie year and thats set very high expectations for him. Hes been playing for Milwaukee, which isn’t a small market, its a mid market, 21st biggest city in the country right behind Boston, and they haven’t given him any help at all. Sure they brought in Ellis, but that really has only kept Brandon from reaching his potential. Given the opportunity he can be a prolific scorer, with some consistency issues but he could average around 24 ppg and 6-7 apg. Also for only being 6’1″ hes a good rebounder. Hes 1 of the most explosive point guards in the league, and is a borderline top 10 point guard right now. Brandon’s worth about $7-8 million a year and deserves like a 5 year deal

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      He shot 46 percent in the restricted area last year, 35 percent in the rest of the paint and 38 percent in the midrange. It’s not the 55 point game, it’s his production last year that has people worried. He’s a volume shooter who thinks he deserves a max.

  7. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Sign and trade with the jazz for big al or milsap. He will hate it there but they will overpay

  8. starvingardens - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Maybe he can back up Steve Nash in Laker land. Remember what happened to the team after Nash went down? At least they would have a nice ball handler that likes to shoot first.

  9. lalifer - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Quite frankly, I would like a point guard that Steve Nash can back up. A power forward that would allow Metta to come off the bench and Gasol to play Center. Will someone please take down the darn sign at Staples?

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