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The Milwaukee Bucks are in a dangerous situation.
The offense can be breakneck, led by an explosive backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
The talent has deepened with the arrival of J.J. Redick and the continued development of budding stars Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova.
But Milwaukee hasn't proven that the collection of talent can win.
They may only have the first round of the playoffs left to discover whether it can work.
Jennings is saying if he doesn't get his max dollars, even if Milwaukee brings him back with a qualifying one-year deal, he'll leave at the end of next season.
He told Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears on March 8: "If I take the qualifying offer and become an [unrestricted] free agent there is no way I am coming back. There is no way."
Meanwhile, Ellis is expected not to take his $11 million option for next season and will demand big dollars. The problem with Ellis is that he's never proven he can win, neither on his own or with another scorer.
So the Bucks would have to decide whether to truly invest all their dollars in the two undersized guards.
It isn't going to happen and it's truly a sad statement on the status of the league. In today's NBA, patience is rare and neither Jennings nor Ellis will stick with a team as talent develops around them.
Jennings wants a bigger market and earlier returns on victories while Ellis is going to chase dollars and opportunity.
The decision for Milwaukee will be which fish they can keep on the hook.
The Bucks should let Ellis go, throw dollars at a guy like Josh Smith, and hope that success next season will be enough to keep Jennings around once he becomes a free agent.