With the Bucks' season coming to an end, there is little separating Milwaukee from the speculation of the possibilities of guard Brandon Jennings being dealt.
So, it should be no surprise that, while trying to come to grips with the first-round sweep by the Miami Heat, head coach Jim Boylan was asked about the future of Jennings.
Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson passed along his response:
Jim Boylan on Brandon Jennings: "I think he'll be back, yeah.''— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) April 28, 2013
That's all well and good, but what is Boylan really going to say here? He can't come out and say he expects Jennings will be gone. This would be far too awkward if Jennings does return next season.
By saying "I think" Boylan isn't committing to anything, can keep things positive with Jennings if he does return and won't look deceitful if he does not.
So, despite Boylan's comments, I would still be surprised if Jennings were to return—simply because it doesn't seem like he wants to be there.
As ESPN's Scoop Jackson tells us, last offseason Jennings reportedly opted against signing a four-year extension offer from the Bucks that was worth $40 million.
This, in and of itself, is not necessarily a sign of unhappiness. However, couple that with other actions, and it becomes pretty clear.
As this season has gone, he has not been shy about voicing his concern with the franchise. Jennings even went as far as to call out Boylan on Twitter—although he deleted it shortly after posting.
Jennings is a restricted free agent this offseason, and the 23-year-old's ability to score will draw interest from other teams. However, Jennings is not an efficient scorer and this past season he shot just 39.9 percent from the field.
Will Jennings be on the Bucks at the start of next season?
In other words, Jennings is a flawed player. On a solid team, I see Jennings best suited as a sixth-man type. Think of Jason Terry from the Dallas Mavericks' recent championship.
He can come in and instantly spark an offense, but if he is off, he can spend more time on the pine.
With Jennings wearing out his welcome in Milwaukee, I look for the Bucks to find some way to get some value for Jennings, via a sign-and-trade, as they move in a different direction, and there really isn't much the team or Jennings could say at this point to sway my thinking.