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.
Will Jennings be a Buck after the 2013 trade deadline?
If Jennings and the Bucks can’t get on the same page, here are three franchises where they could ship him.
Detroit was the 27th-ranked scoring team in the NBA last season. One of the reasons it played at such a slow pace was because it started two combo guards in Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight that aren’t lethal scorers or playmakers. With those two side-by-side, the Pistons don’t boast a legitimate go-to-guy on the perimeter.
Jennings and his 19.1 points and 5.5 assists per game—both superior numbers to anything Detroit had at floor general in 2012—would change that.
Milwaukee would be inclined to accept such a deal so that it could start some size in the 6’5”, 205-pound Stuckey next to the tiny 6’3”, 185-pound Monta Ellis.
For the same reason, the Bucks would welcome Stuckey—size—they’d also embrace Tyreke Evans. Milwaukee will never be a legitimate championship contender with Jennings and Ellis alongside one another. That backcourt is simply way too small.
At 6’6”, 220 pounds, Evans complements Ellis much better than Jennings does. And the fact that Sacramento has longed for a true point guard—and Evans has an expiring contract—would convince the Kings to pull the trigger.
Orlando just lost the face of its franchise in Dwight Howard. Jennings won’t lead it to nearly as many wins as Howard, but he’s exciting enough to step into that role.
The Magic has holes everywhere—and perhaps the largest is at the point guard position. While Orlando doesn’t possesses much talent that would help the Bucks win now, it has plenty of draft picks and prospects to make a swap worthwhile.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.