Jennings agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with China Shanxi on Friday, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reports. Jennings began last season on the Knicks as Derrick Rose's backup at point guard, but was waived in late February after he informed the team he preferred to play for a contender than a rebuilding club. He signed with the Wizards -- a top-seeded playoff team -- just a few days later. In Washington, Jennings saw his overall workload and production take a significant dip, posting just 3.5 points and 4.7 assists while shooting an abysmal 27.4 percent from the field. Likely as a result of his poor play with the Wizards in what is supposed to be the 27-year-old's prime, it appears there weren't any NBA franchises legitimately interested in Jennings' services heading into the 2017-18 campaign. According to Spears, once the Chinese season concludes, Jennings will look for an NBA suitor.
Jennings scored 13 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding four assists in 17 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 116-98 Game 3 loss to the Hawks. After being held scoreless in the series opener, Jennings has bounced back with 23 points in the last two games. If Otto Porter's neck injury limits his minutes at all going forward, Jennings could pick up some of the slack, but Kelly Oubre would be the most likely candidate to replace Porter in the starting five if necessary.
Jennings is expected to return to the bench for Sunday's playoff opener against the Hawks, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Jennings started the final two games of the regular season in place of the ailing John Wall (quad), averaging just 2.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals across 27.5 minutes. However, Wall has now been cleared for a return to the lineup and the Wizards are likely set to shrink their rotation for the upcoming playoff run, so Jennings will head to the bench and should see a decreased role moving forward.
Jennings went for two points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), six assists, five steals and two rebounds across 28 minutes during a 105-101 victory against the Pistons on Monday. Jennings got the start at point guard with John Wall (thigh) sidelined but posted a pretty disappointing line other than the five steals, which matched a season high. It shouldn't have come as too big of a surprise, however, as Jennings has not scored in double figures since March 24. Jennings could get another start if Wall is kept on the sidelines for the team's final regular season game on Wednesday.
Jennings will start Monday's game against the Pistons. The seven-year vet will earn the start following news that teammate John Wall is inactive Monday. Jennings, who started the year with New York, is averaging 7.3 points per game and 4.9 assists per game this season.
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