Dallas Mavericks Reportedly Interested in Acquiring Bucks PG Brandon Jennings
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, the Mavs have an interest in the star guard:
Sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Mavs have a “level of interest” in Jennings if the Milwaukee Bucks make the restricted free agent-to-be point guard available before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
Jennings has had a solid season for the Bucks thus far. The 23-year-old guard is averaging 18.5 points, 6.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
It isn't yet known if the Bucks are even looking to deal Jennings, but the possibility certainly must exist considering he's set to become a restricted free agent at season's end.
On top of that, the Bucks are off to a disappointing 25-25 first half of the season that has also seen Scott Skiles leave town as the head coach. The team's Jennings and Monta Ellis backcourt experiment hasn't exactly worked out as planned, either.
The Mavs have been using Darren Collison at the point, and he hasn't done a bad job. Collison is averaging 12.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals a game. However, a deal bringing in Jennings would no doubt mean the end of Collison's days as a starter in Dallas.
The team has been desperately trying to add some impact players since last offseason. Its failed attempts to land both Dwight Howard and Deron Williams have left the team in limbo this season, which has been a tough pill to swallow for veteran Dirk Nowitzki and the fanbase. The Mavericks sit on the outside looking in at the playoffs, currently five games back of the eighth-seeded Houston Rockets.
Adding a player like Brandon Jennings would bring in some much-needed scoring punch to the roster in addition to Nowitzki and O.J. Mayo. But it remains to be seen if the Mavericks even have the necessary pieces to make such a deal.
According to the same ESPN Dallas report, Bucks forward Drew Gooden will likely need to be a part of the deal.
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