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Bucks now intend to keep Brandon Jennings

Jun 29, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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It was only a couple of days ago that the Milwaukee Bucks were rumored to be open to the idea of trading Brandon Jennings.

Not that teams would be lining up with offers, of course, considering that Jennings is a restricted free agent and they could just sign him to a larger offer sheet than the Bucks may have been willing to match.

But it was out there, and while Milwaukee will still likely listen to offers for any of its players, the team’s general manager John Hammond has come out and said that the intention now is to retain Jennings’ services.

From Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Hammond said the team will be aggressive in trying to sign point guard Brandon Jennings to a long-term contract when free agency opens Monday. League teams are allowed to discuss contracts from Monday through July 10 when the moratorium ends and contracts can be signed.

“It’s our intention for Brandon Jennings to remain a Milwaukee Buck,” Hammond said. “We’re hoping to negotiate with him fairly through the July process.

“At the conclusion of our negotiations, if we have not reached a deal and they choose to go out and seek an opportunity in the open market, our intention then would still be to match.”

This is how rookie contracts work in the NBA, so Jennings does not have a choice where he will play next season if in fact the Bucks are willing to match any offer he receives. But if he isn’t happy in Milwaukee, or believes his value will be greater after another year, he only has to play for the Bucks for one more season.

Jennings could choose to forego a multi-year payday in favor of playing for the qualifying offer the Bucks made him of $4.3 million next season. After that, he would be an unrestricted free agent, with the ability to play anywhere he chooses.

Jennings averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game last season, but shot just 39.9 percent from the field. Some of that is due to the way the Bucks use him, but there’s definitely room for improvement in Jennings’ overall game.

  1. ranoversquarells - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Trade him!! You’ll never get anywhere with the likes of him. He’s a poor mans Allen Iverson.

    • aarondommin - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Anytime you can lock up an undersized shoot first point guard that is a career 39% shooter you do it right?……..

    • sportsnut101 - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Him n iverson should never be mentioned

      Iverson too good

  2. divan22 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM


    It sucks being a loyal Bucks fan.

  3. moneymike23 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Please don’t bring him back.

  4. cflip376 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Remember hearing that the Bucks owner stating that they wanted to be competitive and didn’t believe in tanking. Eventually he has to learn that he’s gotta suck it up and do it.

  5. fm31970 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I was a bit worried when I read the headline, but it sounds like what Danny Ainge did regrading Doc Rivers- put on a smile and make it look like the Bucks want him, when they really don’t want to keep him around for another three or four years. That’s fine, as long as when it’s crunch time the Bucks don’t cave and actually re-sign him.

    I suspect if the Mavs lose out on Howard, they will pursue Jennings, and the Bucks’ll be off the hook.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    This sucks. He hasn’t gotten any better in his 4 years in the league. He can’t shoot, misses layups and his attitude has gotten increasingly worse. What are the Bucks doing? Are we rebuilding or just running in place hoping to lose in the first round of the playoffs every year?

    • bougin89 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Sadly, it looks as though we are going for “just out of last place in the lottery” again. AKA worst possible spot to be in the NBA.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Sad but true.

  7. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    He has hinted via twitter be wants to play for the Lakers..

  8. roanboon - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    It’s best for total league revenue to keep him in Milwaukee. As a volume shooter he is marketable and sells jerseys, but he won’t be the catalyst to get them farther in the playoffs.

  9. seandconner - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I have a dream, A dream that one day the Bucks will be better then average and actually threaten to make noise in the playoffs. It really does suck to be a loyal Bucks fan but I would rather suffer than jump on the bandwagon of the hot team just because it is the cool thing.

  10. jr420eightball - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Brandon Jennings helped take the Bucks to the NBA playoffs 2 out of 4 years. Relevant or Irrelevant? Shouldn’t be a hard choice.


    • divan22 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      He’s awful. Hasn’t improved a lick since his rookie year.

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