Best Trade Destinations and Packages for Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings has been the best player and face of the Milwaukee Bucks over the past few years.
He is a talented point guard that can score at will and has good court vision. He is lightning quick, has good range and is still only 23 years old.
So why on Earth would the Bucks deal this budding star?
The problem with Jennings is that Milwaukee was unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension, making him a restricted free agent after this season.
Obviously the Bucks would love to re-sign Jennings after the season, but there are reasons to believe that Jennings might be interested in a change of venues.
In an article on realgm.com, a source says that Jennings has "irreconcilable differences" with the Bucks.
He also recently changed agents and has voiced in the past a desire to play in a bigger market.
Typically, it is relatively easy for a team to hold onto its restricted free agents. But we saw last summer when the Houston Rockets swooped in and stole Jeremy Lin from the New York Knicks that anything is possible when it comes to creative contracts.
A team with a lot of cap space could make things very difficult for the Bucks.
Besides, if Jennings really is that unhappy in Milwaukee, do you really want him to be your franchise star?
At this point, the feasible solution is to deal the young guard while they still can.
Here are a few trade scenarios for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bucks Trade Jennings to Toronto Raptors
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Milwaukee Bucks receive Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas and Alan Anderson
Toronto Raptors receive Brandon Jennings and Samuel Dalembert
For Milwaukee, this gives them two very good, very young players that are both under contract for a few more years.
Ross is an up-and-coming swingman that is crazy athletic and can score.
Valanciunas is a physical big man that could anchor the low post for years to come.
The Raptors have been in an aggressive mood this year as their general manager apparently finally wants to start winning. Perhaps ownership is getting restless.
Regardless, Jennings would be a huge improvement over Kyle Lowry and would give their offense a dynamic flair.
Dalembert would help in the short term up front for the Raptors, who have been playing Valanciunas a lot lately.
It still doesn't solve their Andrea Bargnani problem, but the Bucks can only do so much.
So why would Toronto risk Jennings bolting? If they are dead set on making the playoffs this year, Jennings could be a difference-maker. Plus with the money they lose from Dalembert's expiring contract and the team option they could decline on Lowry, they should just have enough money to give Jennings what he wants and hope that they can convince him to take it.
Bucks Trade Jennings to New York Knicks
Bucks get Iman Shumpert, Chris Copeland and J.R. Smith plus two first-round picks
New York Knicks get Brandon Jennings
This trade would basically be an overall insurance policy deal for Milwaukee.
Iman Shumpert would immediately provide excellent perimeter defense and could be groomed as the point guard of the future. J.R. Smith would bring scoring and insurance should Monta Ellis bolt after this year.
The two first-rounders are the key here. They won't be elite picks, but they could help.
This would turn the Knicks into a real threat in the East. They would finally have a huge positional advantage over the Miami Heat.
They also would have an inside track on re-signing Jennings as they are the biggest NBA market.
Bucks Trade Jennings to Indiana Pacers
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Bucks get Danny Granger and a first-round pick
Indiana Pacers get Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova
For the Bucks, this deal does two things. One, they get a dynamic wing player who adds size and scoring. Danny Granger is a legitimate star in this league, and the only way the Bucks are going to get one of those is by trade.
Secondly, the Bucks rid themselves of Ersan Ilyasova's contract and inconsistent play.
Sure, Ilyasova has played better since previous head coach Scott Skiles was fired, but he is still overpaid.
For the Indiana Pacers, Jennings would provide the spark that they need to make a run at a title this year.
They have gotten fairly consistent play from their point guards this year, but nothing like what Jennings can provide.
They also have the luxury of Paul George, who has blossomed this year without Granger and could help them with the blow of losing his scoring.
Ilyasova also works well in their system as he could provide nice spacing when paired with Roy Hibbert.
Bucks Trade Jennings to Detroit Pistons
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Bucks get Brandon Knight, Jonas Jerebko
Pistons get Brandon Jennings, Marquis Daniels and Tobias Harris plus a future first-round pick
For the Bucks, this would be quite a nice deal all the way around. They would acquire a very talented combo guard in Brandon Knight who has shown flashes of brilliance and is under contract for a few more years.
Jonas Jerebko is also under contract and is a high-energy guy that brings toughness and athleticism to the frontcourt.
The Pistons may seem like an odd choice for Jennings. They just acquired Jose Calderon from Toronto and seem to love the way he is playing.
But his emergence has had a terrible effect on Knight and there could be doubts about whether or not he fits their team going forward.
The Pistons could choose to re-sign Jennings or Calderon and use the remainder of the season as a tryout.
Marquis Daniels has an expiring contract, which the Pistons have been collecting and Tobias Harris is a very talented young wing.
At the very least, they rid themselves of Knight and Jerebko's contracts and add a first-rounder and first-round talent in Harris.
Bucks Trade Jennings to Mavs in Three Team Deal
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Dallas Mavericks get Jennings from Milwaukee
Suns get Tobias Harris from Milwaukee and Darren Collison and a first-round pick from Dallas
There are a lot of moving pieces in this deal, so let's sort them out.
The Bucks would be bringing in two up-and-coming frontcourt players in Markieff Morris and Jae Crowder.
Crowder is a high-energy guy that could develop into a very good defensive player down the road.
Morris had a great career in college and is just now scratching his potential at the professional level.
The Dallas Mavericks have been desperate for a difference-making point guard and Jennings would provide them the spark they need to make a playoff run. The pick-and-roll game between Jennings and Dirk Nowitzki could be epic.
The Mavs also play in a big market and could convince Jennings to stick around.
The wild card in this deal is the Phoenix Suns. They would be giving up on Morris before really seeing what they have in the former first-round pick. Sure, they would be adding the talented and young Tobias Harris, but Darren Collison has an expiring deal.
The key for them will be the first-round pick.