NBA Trade Rumors: Milwaukee Bucks Should Resist Trading Brandon Jennings

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 2, 2017

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If the Milwaukee Bucks can't work out a contract extension with young guard Brandon Jennings this season, the thinking goes the Bucks will look to trade him.

And I think that would be a mistake. 

Nonetheless, the rumors continue to swirl. Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld has more on the matter:

Sources close to the process say that Jennings is far from secure in Milwaukee and that trading him has come up a number of times but the team has yet to find an offer they’d do. With talks all but non-existent on an extension its more likely that Jennings is headed for restricted free agency if he isn’t traded before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. A lot of that will be based on how consistent he can be this season and whether he can be part of a team headed to the post-season. If it’s the same up and down Bucks squad that struggles to be consistent, trading Jennings could be very likely.

Now, I understand the logic for potentially trading Jennings. The two sides are probably far apart on their valuation of a new contract extension—as Kyler notes, the Bucks haven't so much as offered him one—and the team already has another smallish, score-first guard on roster in Monta Ellis.

Plenty of teams will take advantage of Milwaukee's small backcourt, and it's not as though Jennings' role on the team couldn't be filled.

A streaky scorer though he may be, Jennings is a flashy, exciting athlete who is fun to watch when he's on his game.

He averaged 19.1 points and 5.5 assists last season.

He sells tickets.

He's 23, three years younger than Ellis. Theoretically, he should only get better.

Why give up on him so soon?

It's a risky game to play, seeing as Jennings likely isn't going to get an extension before the October 30 deadline. If he has a huge season and hits restricted free agency, he could be given an offer the Bucks aren't comfortable matching. 

But it's just as likely they won't get what they deem to be market value for the third-year player, either. Teams will point to his inconsistencies and note that they'll simply make a bid for him in the offseason. Why should they offer the Bucks a sweet deal?

And that's why I think the Bucks should either extend him now or let the season play out. Either route makes more sense than prematurely trading a player who could yet become one of the league's stars.


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