Always a frustrating player to own, Brandon Jennings at least used to rack up big counting stats to make up for his inefficiency. However, he struggled in his return from Achilles surgery last season, averaging just 6.9 points and 3.5 assists per game with the Magic and Pistons, and is likely to see a similar role this year with the Knicks, backing up Derrick Rose. Given Rose's injury history, there's a chance Jennings will get a decent amount of playing time eventually this season, but there isn't much reason to look Jennings' way on Draft Day.
Jennings started at point guard Wednesday against the Celtics and finished with three points (0-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. Jennings notched his fourth consecutive start in place of Derrick Rose (personal), but with Rose's civil trial in Los Angeles concluding Wednesday, the former MVP is expected to reclaim the starting job on opening night Tuesday in Cleveland. Jennings will serve as the No. 2 point guard and could see an expanded role should Rose struggle out of the gate.
Jennings will start at point guard for Monday's preseason matchup with the Wizards, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports. Derrick Rose is tending to an alleged sexual assault trial and will be unavailable Monday, giving Jennings the opportunity to get some run with the starters. Jennings is slated to open the season as Rose's direct backup and given Rose's injury history, he'll be a player to keep an eye on throughout the start of the regular season. Look for Jennings to share the additional minutes Monday with Chasson Randle and Justin Holiday.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Friday that he doesn't expect Jennings to see "big minutes" alongside Derrick Rose this season, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports. Jennings has served as a starting point guard for much of his career, but after rejoining the Pistons in late December of last season after returning from a torn Achilles tendon, he was forced to settle for backup duties behind Reggie Jackson. The Pistons ended up shipping Jennings to Orlando prior the trade deadline, where he again served in a reserve capacity, finishing the campaign with cumulative averages of 6.9 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers in 18.1 minutes per game. Though he's only 27 years old and was brought in by the Knicks this offseason on a one-year deal, Jennings looked quite rusty in his return from the Achilles injury and may struggle to regain the explosiveness he showed earlier in his career. More significantly, Jennings' subpar shooting marks won't make him an ideal backcourt partner with Derrick Rose, who doesn't offer much of an impact from three-point range. As a result, Jennings again looks to be in line for the top backup job at point guard, with Courtney Lee assuming most of the minutes at shooting guard next to Rose.
Jennings signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Knicks on Monday, Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports. One of the more active teams during free agency this offseason, the Knicks have picked up another backcourt piece, inking Jennings to a one-year deal. Jennings appeared to have a falling out with Magic coach Scott Skiles at the end of the season, making his departure all the more unsurprising. Jennings should provide another affordable depth option for the Knicks in the backcourt, likely taking the role as Derrick Rose's backup at point guard. Considering Rose's lengthy injury history, Jennings is in a good spot to see extended playing time down the road should anything happen to the Knicks' new starter.
Jennings was a DNP-CD in the Magic's season finale Wednesday. Jennings concluded the season with a string of four straight DNP-CDs, which did not appear to be injury-related. It's unclear if something was going on behind the scenes, but coach Scott Skiles chose to go with Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson as his two point guards down the stretch. The 26-year-old Jennings, who came to Orlando in a deadline deal with Detroit, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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