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Report: Brandon Jennings has ‘strongly considered’ playing for the qualifying offer next season

Jul 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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The situation Brandon Jennings and the Bucks find themselves in at this late stage of free agency is somewhat fascinating.

The short story is that Jennings is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks can (and have said they would) match any offer he receives from another team. No team has reached out to Jennings with an offer sheet, however, so as is often the case, the mere threat that a team will match prevents any offers from getting extended in the first place.

Jennings and the Bucks are reportedly several million dollars apart on a new deal, with Jennings believing his value is in the $12 million per year range, while the team is thinking more like $8 million. And neither side appears all that eager to budge.

With that being said, what follows makes a little bit of sense — but only in the event that Jennings can show dramatic improvement next season in order to increase his free agent value.

From Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld:

Bucks sources were adamant that re-signing Jennings was something they were very open to doing, but it has to be at a price that works for them.

Sources close to the process say Jennings has strongly considered picking up his Qualifying Offer and hitting unrestricted free agency next year.

If Jennings goes the “pick up the option” route he effectively gains a no-trade clause, as the Collective Bargaining Agreement does not allow for his Bird rights to be transferred if he picks up the option year, which gives him the right to veto any trade.

That would be a pretty big risk on Jennings’ part, but it stems from the fact that he’s always believed he was a little bit better than he’s actually shown to this point in his NBA career, at least on a consistent basis.

The effective no-trade clause part is interesting, because very few players in the league have those built into their deals. But is it worth playing another year for $4.5 million, and passing up guaranteed dollars that could be in the $32 million or more range if Jennings were to re-sign with the Bucks at their price?

That’s the decision Jennings is currently wrestling with.

  1. longtallsam - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Doing that would just prove beyond a doubt, what an idiot, with an over inflated ego, he is. Play for 4.5 M, sustain a career ending injury, and he’s out of the league. Or lock in 32 million plus. Not much of a decision for most people.

    • kinggw - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      What are the odds he suffers a career ending injury? They are pretty slim.

      What would be idiotic is to lock yourself into being someplace for 4 years that you already know you don’t want to be. If he waits a year he could go play for a team like the Lakers and be in a better situation and likely get the same money the Bucks are offering if not more. If you had a choice would you rather be the starting point guard for the Lakers or the Bucks?

      • kingwithringz - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        @Kinggw: Kobe and Brandon Jennings on the same team? Let me hit the blunt after you.

      • longtallsam - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Jennings needs to improve a lot before he would get interest from teams like the Lakers to be their starting point guard. He isn’t in the top half of NBA point guards now, although I am sure he thinks he is.

      • kinggw - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Yes, Jennings would be a good fit with the Lake Show. What does Kobe have to do with the price of tea in China? After the Lakers strike out on Lebron and Melo, you think they won’t be interested in a 24 year old hometown kid at a discounted rate?

        Jennings is one of the better point guards in the league, definitely in the top half. He’s inefficient in large part because he’s asked to do too much scoring and the Bucks lack a quality post presence and/or capable scorer outside of Jennings. Put him on the Lakers or another decent team where he doesn’t have to be the man and he will flourish.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Hubris is a bitch.

  3. smoothaswilkes - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    He basically did the same thing bypassing college to play in Italy. He might think he’s better than he is but he’ll get that same 32 million next season if he doesn’t improve but he can get 11-12 million per year if he does improve. Look at what Evans and Ellis signed for this season. If those rampant gunners can command those prices, there is no reason Jennings can’t either on the open market.

  4. ramblingalb - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    People forget he almost made the all star team each of the past two seasons. They take 3 point guards, and he was 4th/5th…he’s top ten at his position, though he does have some items to improve on, he’s 23. He has a mighty high ceiling, and isn’t bad now. He might gel with experience and if he’s not the main guy. While he has shot in the 40% range, he also has the ball in his hands at the end of the 24 a lot. Make him the 2nd/3rd option, he might jump to 45% overnight.

    • dmh724 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      BJ has to be pissed about the Teague offer. Talk about AWKWARD!!!

    • divan22 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Top 10?!? Brandon Jennings!?! HA!!!

      In no particular order…

      C. Paul
      R. Westbrook
      R. Rondo
      D. Williams
      D. Rose
      S. Curry
      T. Parker
      M. Conley
      D. Lillard
      T. Lawson

      That’s 10 PGs who are EASILY better than the inefficient chucker that is Brandon Jennings. Nobody in their right minds would even think about taking Jennings over ANYONE on that list.

      • atlbrave5 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        Hmmmmm great list…BUT i’m wondering if you happened to hear of a young guy over in Clev? He wears #2 and his name is KYRIE IRVING!! You should look him up on Youtube I think he is pretty good, and i’m sure a lot of teams would take him over half of the guards on your list!

        I’m being sarcastic, next time you make a top 10 list, you might want to put top 10 players on it! Just a thought

      • divan22 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:07 AM

        You’re right, I forgot about Kyrie. My bad. In any event, that makes my point even stronger.

        I’m a Bucks fan and I’ve probably seen more of Brandon Jennings than everyone else on here combined. An inefficient chucker is the absolute last thing you want as your starting PG. Jennings is trash and I pray I’ve seen the last of him in a Bucks uniform. Calling him a top 10 PG is an insult to the entire NBA.

      • boiler72 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        I am also a Bucks fan and Jennings thinks he’s all this, when in fact, he ain’t all that. It doesn’t matter. Until Herb Kohl gets the F out, we’re doomed as it is.

      • atlbrave5 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        You know what, call me crazy, but I actually think B. Jennings would flurish in a different market (i.e. not the Bucks). He is a John Wall “TYPE” of player where he is brings in a lot of flash but very little substance. Believe it or not there is a market for that type of talent (see J. Wall’s new contract!). The Bucks need garbage pale type of players If they ever want to try and get out of being the 8th seed every season. This team needs a new scheme..new colors..dare I say a Bret Farve TYPE of basketball player or players that will make the team attractive to other free agents. Otherwise, players are going to get drafted there and want OUT after their 2-3 years are up, and the Bucks will never be anything more than an opening round doormat!

    • abchome - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:34 AM

      On a quick thought, I count ~15 better starting points guards, and 2~3 probable better backup points guards. Jennings was never close to making the AllStar team.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Seems to me if all of that were true, he would have gotten at least a few offers in free agency, even though he’s restricted.

      I like Jennings’ potential, but his attitude and seeming desire to be the No. 1 option hold him back. He is not a franchise changing PG. If anything, he is closer to his former backcourt mate (Ellis) than he is to CP3 or Russell Westbrook.

      If Jennings ever does understand his role as the No. 2/ No. 3 player on a team, he may jump to that 45%, that I agree with, however only if his shot selection improves. Even then his passing and defense are major issues for any team wanting to feature him in their core.

  5. dezglobal - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I’m a money guy… I’d go for guaranteed cash bc if I decided I don’t care as much anymore… Hey, I’m still getting paid lol but thats just me.

  6. dmh724 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I would ask for $6 million and to be traded. Bucks don’t really want BJ to be point guard, he is super inefficient. And BJ doesn’t want to be in Milwaukee, who does?

  7. jandix - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Just watch this: http://youtu.be/KnHndbNPYi0

  8. bougin89 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    “Strongly Considered”

    Translation:

    Strongly realizing he isn’t getting close to 12 million a year at this point and realizing this is his last leverage against Milwaukee.

  9. boscoesworld - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Four years ago Luke Ridnour out played Jennings but was not the wunderkid so didn’t get the time. The worst thing that could have happened to BJ was chucking up 55 in a game. It made him believe his own hype.

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