Milwaukee Bucks: Why Trading Brandon Jennings Won't Happen

Matthew Sundberg@@MattSunny10Correspondent IIJune 10, 2012

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Milwaukee Bucks' star point guard Brandon Jennings was the center of trade rumors around the deadline last season.

However, the deadline came and went, and Jennings was still in Milwaukee.

Don't expect that to change.

Jennings is entering his final year of his rookie contract, and should be looking at a contract extension soon.

The young buck is going to be in a green uniform (can I lobby to bring back the purples?) not only in the upcoming year, but for many more beyond.

If Milwaukee was going to trade him, they would have done it last season.

Jennings ruffled feathers in the front office in February, indicating that he was "doing his homework" on big market teams and going to keep his options open moving forward.

His reward for such comments was that the disgruntled men in suits were rumored to be shopping Jennings at the deadline, but for a pretty hefty price.

Rumors swirled, teams sniffed and speculations of Jennings moving to L.A. all came to no avail. 

Instead, the Bucks went out and got backcourt help in the form of the high-scoring guard Monta Ellis from the Golden State Warriors.

It's the two explosive guards that has fans riveted for the upcoming season. Paired with what fans hope to be an impactful big man taken in the draft, the Bucks will make a leap from mediocrity, to Eastern Conference threat. After narrowly missing the playoffs last year, Milwaukee is prepping itself for a bigger aspirations this year.


The Bucks aren't going to put pieces around Jennings, just to yank him out of the mix with a trade. Without him, the Bucks lose their Identity. The trade for Ellis was to help build around Jennings, not to prep his successor. Ellis has proven that he can't carry a team on his own. 

However, what he can do is be a high-octane guard that will compliment the Bucks' system very well. The two will be arguably the fastest and deadliest backcourt in the entire league, and nobody wants to miss that show.

What the duo needs is a reliable and athletic big man, something they hope to pick up in the upcoming draft. The top picks for the Bucks in the draft have been Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, and Perry Jones of Baylor. Both of which fit into the existing system very well, and provide help to a lackluster front line.

Long story short, teams don't build around a player like Jennings only to move him in the upcoming months.

Jennings himself was drafted with the No. 10 pick in the 2009 draft to be the future of the franchise. In those three years he has become the undeniable face of the Milwaukee Bucks. It has been a while since the Bucks had a player that went hand-in-hand with the identity of the organization.

The fanbase hasn't had to deal with a team trading a franchise player in a very long time. The last candidate was Michael Redd who slowly faded from relevance as a result of the numerous injuries he sustained, clearing the way for Brandon Jennings to take over as fan favorite.

Coming off career highs in field-goal percentage and points per game, fans want to see Jennings in Milwaukee. They want to see him work with the new additions and raise the Bucks back to relevance.

The front office knows all of this, and they won't risk letting the point guard get away.