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Report: Bucks, Pistons agree to sign-and-trade for Brandon Jennings

Jul 30, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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It looked like there were no suitors for Brandon Jennings — nobody made him a big free agent offer he expected (he wanted a Stephen Curry or larger deal) and now the only teams left on the market were not going to offer him one (Philadelphia, for example).

But Pistons GM Joe Dumars and the Pistons is riding the rescue.

The Bucks and Pistons have agreed to a sign-and-trade that would send Jennings to Detroit with a three-year, $24 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. (Marc Stein of ESPN had the same report.) That’s $8 million per year, which is well below what Jennings wanted but at the top end of what teams interested in him were thinking, when you asked around the league.

The Pistons reportedly will send Brandon Knight, Slava Kravtsov and Khris Middleton to the Bucks, Woj reports.

If this goes through as expected, the Pistons will have added Josh Smith and Jennings in the same season. I pity the rims in Detroit, that is a lot of clanked jump shots.

We’ve broken down Jennings before on the site. He will get you points and put up numbers — he averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists a game last season. He is quick and can get into the lane. But his shot selection is terrible and because of it he hit just 39.9 percent last season (but 35.7 percent from three). He takes too many step backs and fadeaways, he struggles to finish in the paint. Plus, he’s not a good defender.

In a league going more and more toward efficiency, the Pistons twice have gone the opposite direction this summer, with interesting free agent pickups. This Jennings to the Pistons rumor had been around before but Pistons GM Dumars shot it down.

Knight has been solid if not spectacular, but the Bucks were ready to move on, plus they are in the “woeful for Wiggins” camp fully now.  Jennings kind of got what he wanted — out of Milwaukee to a team in a bigger market and with playoff potential. Not sure how Mo Cheeks fits that squad together, but the Pistons will be interesting.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Joe Dumars is doing EVERYTHING possible to get a contract extension.. Last year of his contract.. Hope it’s the last of his career.

  2. jadaruler - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I can’t wait to watch the Pistons next year. Their best passer is Monroe.

  3. fm31970 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I don’t see how this makes either team better, but I don’t know how many more years Knight has on his contract.

    At any rate, I’m glad to see Jennings getting the fresh start he wanted, and glad to see him no longer playing for the Bucks. This might just turn out to be the “addition by subtraction” cliche for the Bucks this season. Sure hope so.

    • bougin89 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      I agree. Does this make us better in 2013/14? Probably not but this gives us a much better chance at being good in 2014/15 and beyond. This is the fresh start the Bucks needed. Still can’t believe that Pachulia signing tho…

  4. bikingscr016 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I’d like for all the Detroit fans to re-visit their comments on this thread in February and reminisce in the false success you thought BJ was bringing. Welcome to Milwaukee, BK.

  5. barnesaintnoble - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    When fans of every team in the NBA know the name of Detroit’s General Manager, that General Manager is probably not very good.

    He’s just trying to get everyone talking and excited to see how the team comes out next season. The off-season is season ticket renewal/purchase season. Show the increase in season tickets to the Private Equity sports-know-nothing owner, get an extension or at least avoid getting fired. If this little “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” team miraculously works out (6-7 seed=works), he’s the smug genius who “knew what he was doing the whole time”. If not? He gets canned and hopefully (or his sake) gets some exercise equipment in his buyout.

    And knowing all this, the fan in me is still a little excited and intrigued. God damnit I hate sports.

  6. zacmonte - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    I know that I am likely in the minority here, but I think Jennings could do well in Detroit. He never had any talent around him with the Bucks, and now that he has 3 talented frontcourt players and a shooter in the backcourt like KCP or Billups with him, he may shoot less and pass more. He does have the ability, but with the roster around him in Milwaukee, he never had a chance. Who knows, at least the team will be interesting this year, though.

  7. mblue24 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    If you are a true Pistons fan you will stick behind Joe D and watch him build a winning team. He needs time. It don’t happen overnight. This is a good start. Joe D keep up the good work no matters what the people say. You built a winning team before and can do it again. People needs to be patient. It’s Detroit. Go Pistons.

    • bougin89 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      His destruction of the Pistons started with the Billups/Iverson trade. (Thats forgiving the awful Darko pick).

    • barnesaintnoble - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I disagree with idea that because it’s Detroit people have to be patient. First of all, they don’t even play/practice in Detroit. They have a “Palace” almost 35 miles away from Detroit in Auburn Hills, a very nice area. Is it LA or NYC? No. But its a 4 pro sport city who’s money is just as green as anyone else’s. This should be it for Joe D, if it goes well he’ll see it through. If not, see ya.

  8. dezglobal - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Joe Dumars is doing EVERYTHING possible to get a contract extension.. Last year of his contract.. Hope it’s the last of his career.

  9. twelvesbelt - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Brick city, Brick city nights.

  10. sackings916 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I’ll take B-Knight over Jennings any day!

  11. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    IDK how this will all come together for the Pistons, but it sure is interesting, if anything. But man, they need to add shooters asap if this is the core they choose to build around! I like the move for both teams though. Also, this does not put them in the position for being Woeful for Wiggins. I think they will make the 8th seed. We’ll see though.

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