Report: Bucks are letting teams know Brandon Jennings is available

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Is Brandon Jennings headed out the door in Milwaukee? (USATSI) (USATSI)
Is Brandon Jennings headed out the door in Milwaukee? (USATSI)

Brandon Jennings is eligible for a contract extension this summer, something the Bucks don't seem entirely keen on offering him. Especially because Jennings feels he's a max player.

So, within that, the Bucks are likely to just wait until next summer to let the market set his value as a restricted free agent. Or ... they could trade him, which, according to the Journal Times of Racine, Wis., they're exploring.

Backcourt mate Monta Ellis has already turned down a contract offer from the Bucks, so the team could be looking at an overhaul. Jennings is an interesting young talent. He seems to have plateaued a bit since his rookie season and has never been able to figure that whole efficiency thing out.

But he does have ability, and he has shown flashes as Milwaukee's showrunner. He averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists last season but shot only 39 percent from the floor. There's some good and some bad. But again, he's young and can always figure things out.

The Bucks, though, might not be willing to wait. Jennings has some trade value, especially to a team that's willing to extend him. If the Bucks are openly shopping him, it has to mean the asking price will be high.

There's also this: A report said the Bucks prefer Ellis to Jennings and have made him a priority between them. The two didn't see much success together in the backcourt, so moving one or the other seems to be the obvious move. Clear space for a ball-dominant, shoot-first guard to operate.

So it seems that with the Bucks shopping Jennings, they might have made their choice apparent.

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