Bucks "Open" To Trading 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.
Edited by LALakersFan4Life, July 17, 2013 - 10:14 AM.