Posted July 30, 2013

Pistons to acquire Brandon Jennings in trade with Bucks

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Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (right) spent his first four seasons in Milwaukee. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Pistons and Bucks have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send point guard Brandon Jennings to Detroit, according to multiple reports.

SI.com’s Chris Mannix confirmed from sources close to the negotiations that the Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov from the Pistons. Jennings, a restricted free agent, will sign a three-year, $24 million contract as part of the deal.

Jennings, 23, was one of the few big names remaining on the free-agent market. He becomes the latest high-profile addition for the Pistons, who signed forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract and brought back guard Chauncey Billups on a two-year, $5 million deal. Detroit also drafted shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the first round to join a young core featuring big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

Jennings, the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, spent his first four seasons in Milwaukee, where he averaged 17 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists. He shot only 39.4 percent from the field in those four years, including 39.9 percent last season, when the offensive-minded backcourt of Jennings and Monta Ellis led the Bucks to a 38-44 record and a first-round playoff loss to the Heat.

Knight, 21, the eighth pick in the 2011 draft, was a full-time starter in both of his seasons with Detroit. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and four assists last season for the Pistons, who finished 29-53 to miss the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Knight shot 40.7 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range last season.

Middleton, 21, averaged 6.1 points in 27 games for the Pistons last season. He was the 39th pick in the 2012 draft. Kravtsov, 25, a 7-footer from Ukraine, averaged 3.1 points in 25 games in 2012-13.

Milwaukee general manager John Hammond said before the start of the free-agent negotiating period that the Bucks planned to re-sign Jennings.

“Our intentions would be to negotiate with Brandon and hopefully we can come to an agreement before he goes out into the market or needs to go out into the market,” Hammond said last month. “If it does happen and he goes on the market and signs an offer sheet, our intentions will be to match that.”

Jennings never signed an offer sheet with another team. Meanwhile, the Bucks signed Hawks restricted free-agent point guard Jeff Teague to a four-year, $32 million sheet. Atlanta matched the offer to retain Teague.

With the departure of Jennings and Ellis (who signed with Dallas), the Bucks’ revamped backcourt features Knight and Luke Ridnour at point guard and O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal at shooting guard. All four were acquired this offseason.

22 comments
HGB
HGB

Billups will mentor Jennings.  He probably was involved in the trade.  Jennings should become a very good floor general.

21GB
21GB

I love how people think that Pistons are now J. Smith and Jennings. While its impossible for a ball dominant PG like Jennings to be a role player, I think he and smith are more the x-factors to the team, while Monroe and especially Drummond are the core of what the team will rely on. Pistons also have some nice shooters in Datome and the rookie KCP. KCP is a lot more athletic and NBA ready than people think. He's an advanced player for his age and has a very good feel for the game.. he can play D.

6marK6
6marK6

The balance of power in the NBA has shifted from Milwaukee to Detroit!

mystafugee
mystafugee

I will say this: I do like the Buck's uniforms

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

That is a good price for Jennings. Detroit is a very intriguing team going forward. 

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Nobody cares in Milwaukee.....our team is nothing more than a wayside for NBA "streetballers." The Bucks need to be airlifted to Seattle where they would be greatly welcomed, and then Wisconsin can get back to what matters here....Deer hunting (Bucks), Packers and the Badgers.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Jennings could become a very solid point guard, if he ever decides he wants to be that.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Pistons will be brutal next season - add 2 hi volume, lo % shooters w/2 bigs who need ball to develop.


Kyle M1
Kyle M1

Hey, believe it or not, these teams do have fans.

John4
John4

This doesn't seem very newsworthy.  Bucks and Pistons trading guards.  

RobJohnson2
RobJohnson2

@21GB Bingo..This guy gets it. Monroe and Drummond are the franchise. Adding Smith and Jennings is just the Pistons adding role players around their young franchise frontcourt. When your best players on so cheap on rookie deals, you can afford to spend on veteran talent around them like they have. I'd like for those fans hating on the Pistons to name me their teams 3rd and 4th best players. I'm willing to bet they aren't as good as Smith and Jennings. So the haters can STFU

21GB
21GB

@metalkiwis - I suppose, but is any price right if he makes a team worse? I'm not saying he will, but I dont have a great feeling about him. So small and weak, cant score in the paint at all and cant play D. B. Knight was a very insecure player, yet he got to the line at a higher rate and was equally efficient and has played 3 fewer professional seasons of basketball. (There is a lot more practice and development in Europe than at a US college like UK) I worry that the only thing holding Knight back was slowing down and adding a little confidence and maturity. He looked damn good at PG some nights. He's a lot bigger, stronger, more explosive and not as ball dominant. I think he might be a better piece to a team that features two bigs and spaces the floor with ball movement. While Jennings may drive a team like that in to the ground trying to go And-1 style.. so inefficient. 

Mark121
Mark121

I care just as much as I did when the bucks won the flip to get Lew Alcindor and transformed Milwaukee from a faded braves memory town to a place were not do have your team to ,but get to see some of the greatest athletes in the world.The bucks create year round jobs and much need entertainment dollars to downtown plus all the wonderful charity work and Ronald McDonald house with the help of John Mcgloklin a original Milwaukee buck.By and large milwaukeans support a team that comes to play everynight and be competitive anything beyond that is gravy when your the smallest franchise in the nba

pipdmx33
pipdmx33

@Wisconsin Death Trip The Badgers... bleh. Let's keep professional sports in Wisconsin. No one in Milwaukee gives a crap about college football, nor should they really. 


Mike_N.
Mike_N.

@DanaBunner There is no shot that BJ didn't like... he shoots as his first option, second option and third option!  Never mind that he is a point guard and shoots just high 30's...

doghockey
doghockey

@John4 So because you don't follow the teams, you expect a trade between them to be kept a secret?

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

@RobJohnson2 @21GB I'd be surprised if Jennings and Smith don't put up more shots than Drummond and Monroe.  But that doesn't mean that Drummond and Monroe aren't better.  Pistons will be better but not championship better.  I personally don't think Smith or Jennings will ever be starters on championship contenders with their current mind frame.  They both remind me of Iverson in that they bring whatever team they're on to .600 ball, for better or worse.  Hope I'm wrong and you guys beat Miami though.

RobJohnson2
RobJohnson2

@21GB @metalkiwis You know who else is inefficient at PG? Westbrook, Billups, and Kidd. PG isn't really a high efficiency position. All we need from Jennings is be a threat on the perimeter, make open 3's, and set up our bigs inside. I believe he can do that. On defense we just need him to gamble a lot and play the passing lanes and funnel penetrators into our shot blockers. With our frontcourt he will thrive in that gambler role. Its a great fit,imo, and I expect him to get even better over the years with Cheeks and Chauncey. In the meantime, Chauncey will be able to share PG duties for now where necessary, if he's having a bad game and we need a more steady control at the point.

21GB
21GB

@RobJohnson2 @21GB @metalkiwis - You're wrong on Billups. You're looking at FG% alone, and still his was much better than Jennings. However, Billups was incredibly efficient in every other way. He got to the Line a lot, made every one, shot mostly 3's at a high %. and did not turn it over. And he could Defend.