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Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:32 pm
The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly open to trading point guard Brandon Jennings. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-jennings

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings had the definition of a sophomore slump. After being a strong contender for 2010 Rookie of the Year, Jennings had a tough second campaign. He suffered a serious foot injury in December, lashed out at teammates and management in April and saw his stats take a big hit as he struggled to adjust to extra defensive attention. His team took a step backwards too, returning to the NBA Draft Lottery.

Has that series of events soured the Bucks on the idea of Jennings as their point guard of the future? 

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports from the Chicago pre-draft combine that Jennings is not untouchable. "The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly would be open to listening to offers for guard Brandon Jennings," the paper notes.

The biggest issue for Milwaukee last season is that they simply couldn't score the ball efficiently, ranking dead last in the NBA in offensive efficiency. Fixing that predicament generally begins with an assessment of the point guard situation, and while Jennings is incredibly crafty off the dribble his tendency to take ill-advised three-pointers when he averaged just 32.3% from deep is an efficiency killer. His assist numbers also fell -- to 4.8 assists per game -- and Milwaukee was ranked in the bottom five for assist rate, a fact that speaks to their lack of quality looks.

As for trading him? Getting back equal value for a young point guard who has yet to reach his potential and is still on a rookie deal will not be an easy task and the Bucks don't have another starting-quality option to turn the team over to.

In other words, the chances are pretty good that Jennings stays put unless he burned some bridges with his comments in April. To make this work, the Bucks need to surround Jennings with better shooters and find a way to get through to him that he needs to exercise some better shot selection. 
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Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:46 pm

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

Jennings for Billups and Jeffires, then add whoever else to even up the salaries. Knicks contend for the East.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:20 pm

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

Blazers could use him. Oh wait. This just in. The Blazers need a new GM as the Cho Cho train has left town.I'm starting to wonder if we can fire Paul Allen. I'm assume Cho and the Blazers split as Cho wanted to suspend Roy and was not allowed to.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:49 am

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

Warriors maybe?

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:32 am

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

Jennings is a very good player, but milwaukee was exposed when Bogut got hurt. He may never really be well again in fact. Add to that the fact that Salmons had his own slump and it must have driven Skiles crazy. They need a shooting guard or a small foward who can shoot. They have neither They do have Larry Sanders coming back, and he has big upside......but he is a defensive player. I think they'll hope to get a guard (not alec burks who wont play any D) but maybe a tyler honeycutt (a swing 3 who can slide to the 2, plays d, and can shoot) or a klay thompson. Jennings will bounce back but the Bucks need that shooter and then some depth at the 3.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:50 am

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

I think Detroit is having similar problems with Rodney Stuckey. Maybe a deal could be worked out that would benifit both teams. Just a thought.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 8:29 pm

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

In my opinion, Jennings will never teach elite status as a point guard in the NBA for several reasons. He really does not have the right mind set needed to be a pure point guard in the league, he carries previous games in his mind with him, not a good thing. You must start fresh to be the best player that you can be. He is way too inconsistent to be the playmaker for a playoff contending team.  His shot in not consistent. He probably needs to work on it a lot to find consistency. I really do not think that he has the respect nor the trust of his team mates. It could be earned eventually, but doubt if it will happen.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 3:04 pm

Report: Bucks 'open' to trading Brandon Jennings

The roster Jennings had surrounding him was sadly lacking in shooters last year. However it was not much different than the roster the previous year. The biggest factor was losing Luke Ridenour, Jennings backup in exchange for Earl Boykins. Sophomore slumps are all too common in the NBA, yet need to be tempered by the poor health (elbow) of the team's real star, Andrew Bogut. With Bogut struggling, the shooters were likely not left open as often from double teams.
There are few teams with trade material for the Bucks. If Minnesota is a willing partner then Jonny Flynn and another player - perhaps Wayne Ellington (?) might be available in allowing a fresh start for both players. The Blazers are likely to offer Rudy Fernandez and perhaps even Andre Miller. That would need to involve other player(s) to match salaries. The Bucks need an infusion of new talent and Jennings might be their most tradeable resource (assuming Bogut is untouchable).

Can you think of another PG available to the Bucks? There may never be a better time to trade.

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