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The Milwaukee Bucks have decisions aplenty to make this summer regarding the team's backcourt.
Monta Ellis (early termination option) and Brandon Jennings (restricted) could both leave the nest this summer, but it would be foolish for the Bucks to let both waltz out the door.
According to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks offered Ellis a two-year extension worth roughly $12 million a season, which Ellis declined:
As part of the discussions the Bucks offered the 27-year-old guard a two-year extension through the 2015-’16 season, resulting in a total package of nearly $36 million over three years, according to a source. Ellis would have been required to opt in to get the additional two years on the deal.
That includes the opt-in first year at $11 million, with annual raises bringing the total to $11.8 million in the second year of the deal and $13 million in the final year.
It's clear Ellis believes he can garner greater value on the open market, and the Bucks shouldn't kill themselves to hold onto the streak shooter. Instead, Milwaukee should match offers for Jennings, the 23-year-old point guard who averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 37.5 percent from three last season.
Like Ellis, Jennings doesn't play with efficiency in mind. However, the NBA is driven by quality play at the point guard position, and Jennings is a budding star with a complete skill set.