Being a small market team is like being stuck on the metaphorical Merry-Go-Round forever.
A club drafts a promising player, he rises up and shows his true potential and thus becomes difficult to hold on to. A franchise from a bigger market swoops in and signs him as a free agent. Then the club in the small market is right back to where its started. In this case, it's the Milwaukee Bucks and Brandon Jennings.
Jennings was frustrated with the club over the departure of then-head coach Scott Skiles because Skiles was the one who told him about it. He's also on the prowl for a deal for the maximum amount of money.
So let's look at this as the beginning of the end of Jennings' time in Milwaukee. It's quite unfortunate, really, that yet another big name is forcing his way out of a small market. But it feels like this was inevitable.
So where would Jennings be a good fit? Marc Stein of ESPN has brought up the Dallas Mavericks as a possible destination:
Mavs, I'm told, do have interest in Brandon Jennings and will be in mix for him if Bucks opt to make RFA-to-be available b4 Feb. 21 deadline
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 13, 2013
This would be a good landing spot for Jennings. He'd be able to take some pressure off Dirk Nowitzki, and his presence would create a potent backcourt with O.J. Mayo, as each of them average over 18 PPG.
The only drawback with Jennings is his horrific shooting percentage this season: 39 percent. Jennings is a volume shooter who typically needs 21 shots to score 20 points. If he really wants to help a team win big or score some big money, he needs to improve his shooting.
At the moment, there are only three point guards on the Mavericks' roster: Darren Collison, RodrigueBeaubois and Mike James. None of whom are a particularly effective starting point guard.
James is a third-string guard. He always has been, and he always will be. And he's signed just through the rest of this season.
Collison is more suited to be the backup point guard. He's just too small to be playing heavy minutes. But let's not take anything away from him; he's a quality point guard. He showed us his potential when he backed up Chris Paul when they both played on the New Orleans Hornets in his rookie year.
Beaubois is a mercurial guard and a maddeningly inconsistent player. He's lightning quick and has the ability to score a staggering amount of points.
So what would the Bucks get in return for Jennings if a trade with the Mavericks were to actually take place? It would be relatively simple. Since Jennings is only making around $3.1 million, the Mavericks would likely send Beaubois—who is at $2.2 million—and a draft pick or two. Since Jennings is most likely leaving, it makes sense that the Bucks would want to get a decent return for him.
Beaubois would be an interesting prospect in Milwaukee. Perhaps a change of scenery would do him some good, as he has had such a difficult time getting his feet under him for a long stretch of time.
Whether Jennings leaves by the trade deadline or sometime in the future remains to be seen. But his departure is inevitable, and the Mavericks would be a good team for him.