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Brandon Jennings says he’s happy with trade to Detroit

Jul 31, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

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Brandon Jennings changed agents last summer because he wanted an eight-digit deal and a move to a major market.

Well, he got $8 million a year and a move t a larger market in Detroit, a team that had already added Josh Smith this summer and now with Jennings looks like a playoff team. One that’s going to frustrate fans and anyone who loves smart basketball with it’s shot selection, but a better team.

Jennings is happy with the move, he told Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (Jennings was playing pickup ball with friend Amir Johnson of the Raptors at a big youth and summer event in Toronto).

Jennings declined to say much, saying he wants to “stay under the radar for now,” but did admit “I’m happy” about the trade.

Jennings will be the sole point guard (no sharing the rock with Monta Ellis) on a team that is stacked up front with talent — Smith, Andre Drummond (who could have a breakout season) and Greg Monroe. This is a lineup that should be strong defensively. The question is how many good shot Smith and Drummond get at the rim vs. how many questionable jumpers Smith and Jennings take. Defenses will pack the paint and dare the Pistons to beat them from the outside.

New coach Mo Cheeks will have to motivate the up and down Pistons, but this should be an interesting and better team next season. A playoff team. And that’s a first step.

  1. frankgarrett - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    nananana nananananna hey hey hey good bye . nananana nanananan hey hey heyy good bye

    • djveal - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      NOt sure what bucks fans didnt like about jennings, your town sucks, as fans you guys fail and you built no team around him. Be mad at your GM for paring him with Monte. Good luck getting Wiggins

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        They didn’t like his terrible shot selection, his 39.9 percent shooting, his inability to finish in the paint, his defense….

      • ajkepler - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Speaking for myself as a long-time bucks fan, I liked him as a player most of the time. I personally preferred him to Monta Ellis. What I think he needs to improve on is being a team-first player, maturity and professionalism.. being a role model and leader for the team.

        In terms of his play, the games where he and the Bucks looked the best were the games where he was passing well and taking smart shots. But he was inconsistent, some games he would just chuck up shots, other games he would disappear and be a complete non-factor. It didn’t seem like he tried to pick up other parts of his game if something else wasn’t working.

        I was behind him until he started making it apparent that he no longer wanted to be a Buck. It’s hard to support a player who doesn’t want to play for your team. Regardless of what he is statistically doing on the court there is always doubt regarding whether he is truly invested in helping the team win. Is he 100% focused on winning and doing everything he can to win or has he checked out to some extent? Would he be closer to a 20p-10a PG (I think he has the potential to get there) if he wasn’t wishing he was playing somewhere else?

  2. shipitplease - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    He’s happy because the Pistons were the only suckers left who would even give him a look. He’s a volume shooter with poor shot selection, which is probably the last thing the Pistons need

    • impartialsportstalk - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      If they can manage to run the offense thru someone beside Jenning’s, he can live off of the respect that Monroe, Smith and Drummond deserves down low. BUT, that’s assuming they attempt to play smart basketball

  3. bougin89 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    As a Bucks fan that makes two of us.

  4. tonyc920 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I hate to say this BUT, I hope the whiney, snot nosed kid gets his butt kicked and is a complete BUST. I’m so sick of these prima donna basketball players who think they can dictate to the GM’s and Head Coaches. Yes he has talent but I don’t think he’s a true team player. Mark my words, in 2 years Detroit will be looking to unload him.

  5. andrexdrummondxforxdpoy - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Best case scenario smith and Jennings have a change of heart and play to there strengths super well

    • boscoesworld - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      This reminds me of that commercial from a few years ago. Reporter says to the player. There ain’t no I in team! Player: Ain’t no WE either!! Don’t bet your house on Jennings changing his style!

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    No more bottomless popcorn and pop lmao! Horrible jump shooting but I kinda like the new lineup Monroe (c) drummond (pf) smith (sf) Jennings (sg) billups (pg) a whole lot better looking than last years for sure!

  7. motobus - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    At least they’ll have a solid front court for gobbling up the rebounds from all the bricks

  8. bux1022 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    You mean to say that people are actually Bucks fans???

    • senorpapino - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Some people don’t just jump on the Heat/Clippers/whoever flavor of the month. I’m sure that is a foreign concept to you.

  9. jjthesportsguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    As a Bucks spectator in Milwaukee, I am happy to see Jennings leave. No hard feelings though, I hope that Jennings can mature as a person and become the player that his athleticism and skill at times show.

  10. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    No more bottomless popcorn and pop lmao!

  11. djveal - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Things are looking good for us in Detroit we finally have a PG! We will pick and roll and lob teams to death. Heat will have problems scoring on our bigs too.

  12. moneymike23 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Good riddance.

  13. sasman50 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Milwaukee sucks ? Sort of agree…. but last i heard Detroit is going broke and folks are leaving like a bomb is coming ,,, but from all the pics of it in the newspapers and on line, it looks like it already has. Only ones left in the motor city are those looking for handouts but now there’s no tax base,,, good luck with that formula – ain’t going to work!

  14. MarShon Peoples - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Everyone is acting like Jennings and Smith are the only 2 players on the team. Billups, KCP & Damote are awesome perimeter shooters and if they miss, then Monroe, Smith & Drummond are your rebounders. Do I needto mention the amount of blocked shots the Pistons will have. Count all variables not just shooting 3’s.

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