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Brandon Jennings, Bucks may have to live with each other for another year

Jul 19, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

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Brandon Jennings wanted big money and a big market. Remember he switched agents last season and while everyone denied it officially that was all about getting a big change for Jennings.

The Bucks were ready to move on too — they made an offer to bring in Jeff Teague, but the Hawks matched it.

The Bucks have been looking for a sign-and-trade where another team gets Jennings (and gives him a healthy contract) and sends the Bucks back a point guard they would like (or other quality piece).

The result could be a forced marriage of the Bucks and Jennings for one more season at the qualifying offer amount of $4.5 million, suggests the Journal Sentinel.

As awkward as Jennings’ one-year return would be, I’m thinking a potentially bad situation could actually become a good thing next season for player and organization with a lot of work and understanding on both sides.

In a contract year, Jennings would be highly motivated to become the player he thinks he is and get the money he thinks he’s worth. With a new coach and without the friction caused by Monta Ellis‘ presence, it’s possible that Jennings’ attitude could be reshaped to make something of next season for the Bucks.

A trade could also happen during training camp if injuries strike another team, or maybe closer to the deadline. Especially if Jennings does become the more efficient kind of point guard teams are looking for — Jennnings put up good numbers last year but shot just 39.9 percent. He tends to take bad shots and doesn’t finish well in the lane, but most off-putting to teams is his defense. Or lack of it.

It’s not that Jennings is bad or doesn’t have potential, but he reportedly thought he deserved $12 million a year while teams I heard were thinking more like $7-8 million. And the teams interested were not all big markets.

One year forced together could be good for the Bucks and Jennings. Or, it could be an unmitigated disaster.

  1. jjthesportsguy - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    You’ve got an organization tanking for next year’s draft, and a player who is trying to earn 12 mill per season in a contract year. Too bad he signed the tender and they couldn’t just yank it.

    • cflip376 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Their not tanking, ownership doesn’t believe in it.

      • drew1124 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        And you actually believe any owner would admit to tanking? He’s not supposed to say he is, he has to tell people that they will compete. Kohl knows what is in the 14 draft and these free agency pieces are showing it.

  2. divan22 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I didn’t know it was possible for an offseason to be any more disastrous than this one’s been for my Bucks.

    “Hey Monta, we want you back! AND we’re offering significantly more than any other team’s willing to spend on you!”
    Monta: “Nope.”

    “Hey Teague, come to Milwaukee!”
    Teague: “Okay!”
    Hawks: “Nope.”

    “Hey Mayo, come to Milwaukee!”
    Mayo: “For $8 mil a year!?! Done.”
    Rick Carlisle: “LOL”

    “Hey Zaza and Delfino, come back to Milwaukee!”
    Zaza to Delfino: “They want US back?”
    Delfino to Zaza: “Don’t question it, just hurry up and sign!!!”

    “Hey Jennings, get lost!”
    Jennings: “See ya!!!”
    (A month passes)
    *Sigh*… “Welcome back, Jennings.”
    (Jennings flips Senator Kohl off as he signs)

  3. fredgb21 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    They could pull that tender. Pretty sure they can still release him. Milwaukee has a couple good defensive bigs, and Mayo, who fits better than ball dominant Ellis, they probably won’t be great, but they’re not in full tank mode.

    Jennings going for salary is an unmitigated disaster. If the bucks want to tank, I think they’re better off WITH him. I think he’s one of the more overrated players in the league. He makes a team worse with every dribble and shot. Thats probably why Milwaukee likes him for the qualifying offer.

  4. jjthesportsguy - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    My main concern is that they don’t have many players that can score. Yes, OJ can…but the rest? Ilyasova and Delfino are very inconsistent. Larry Sanders, ZaZa, Henson, Udoh, and Ish Smith are all much more defensive than offensive players. I doubt Giannis is going to contribute this year. I just don’t see where the offense will come from. Ridnour was effective for the Bucks…off the bench. I’m not sure he would fair as well being guarded by elite defenders, and I think we’ve seen what happens when OJ Mayo is the focal point and the guy a defense focuses on.

  5. boltokmymaster - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Fantastic article, Kurt. Well done.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Well…this is awkward. LOL

  7. determineflksmakeit - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    What Jennings doesn’t get is that he is not the type of player any major market team would want. Lebron, Melo and even Howard can force their way to those type of markets because they are SUPERSTARS. Jennings is not. Either realize that and sign something reasonable with Mil-Walk this year or Find out what ex-teammate Monte did when he left.

  8. chiadam - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Give Jennings the green light to shoot whenever he wants. That’s the same thing as tanking.

    • doctorfootball - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      I thought he had the green light already. He sure thought so

  9. detroitrollin22 - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    First it was Greg Jennings, now it’s Brandon Jennings.

  10. abqpacker - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    As a follower of the Bucks, I’m putting my money on the “unmitigated disaster” option.

  11. cflip376 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I rather take my chance with an undrafted pg until next years draft then resign Jennings. Let him go to China or Europe, maybe he’ll finally get that needed reality check. Feel bad for UA, I like the stuff they’ve been doing recently, wish they picked a better rep for their brand.

  12. shaunodame - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Brandon Jennings AT BEST is a poor man’s Russell Westbrook. He shoots more than he should, and defends even less than that.

    His career arc is less Derrick Rose and more Mo WIlliams.

  13. tstude - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    What’s up with the Bucks backourt thinking that they’re better than they really are?

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