Brandon Jennings' Best Options If Jeff Teague Joins Milwaukee Bucks
After playing hardball with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team is doing a good job of trying to replace Brandon Jennings. This could leave the point guard with few options going forward.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, restricted free agent Jeff Teague will sign an offer sheet with the Bucks:
Restricted free agent guard Jeff Teague plans to sign a four-year, $32 million-plus offer sheet with Milwaukee, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2013
The Atlanta Hawks now have three days to match the offer or let him go. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the team is no longer interested in a sign-and-trade:
Source: ATL will not do sign-&-trade for Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings. ATL will either match Bucks' offer to Jeff Teague or let him walk— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 11, 2013
As a result, Jennings would likely be free to join whichever team is willing to sign him this offseason. Milwaukee clearly would not want to keep two young high-priced point guards on the roster.
It all comes down to the decision of the Hawks, but each of these squads should give Jennings a long look if he is available.
The Orlando Magic have been looking for a long-term solution at point guard for over a year. Although the squad is currently trying out first-round pick Victor Oladipo at the position, he is better suited as a shooting guard.
This still leaves an opening for a young player who can run the offense and bring back the excitement the fans lost when Dwight Howard left town.
Orlando tried to bring in a 23-year-old point guard already this offseason when it had discussions to acquire Eric Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers. Jennings is not only the same age, but he is more established after four solid years as a starter in the NBA.
Bledsoe was also entering the final year of his contract, making the trade even riskier.
Instead, the Magic have an opportunity to lock up one of the better guards in the league with a long-term contract without giving up anything in return. A backcourt of Jennings and Oladipo would seriously help the rebuilding effort, and it would bring the squad back to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Although the Toronto Raptors have a few exciting players now on the roster including Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan, the squad is still not turning too many heads in the NBA.
The Canadian team must keep bringing in talent that can fill the arena and help sell merchandise, as well as help win games.
Jennings can certainly do that last part as a huge offensive upgrade compared to Kyle Lowry. Only four players in the NBA that qualified for the scoring title averaged more points and assists per game last season than the Milwaukee guard.
Adding the young player to Toronto's offense would make the fast-paced attack one of the best in the league. Few opponents would be able to stay with the quickness and athleticism that it would provide on the court.
It has been a while since the Raptors have been relevant in the playoff picture, but Jennings could help them get there.
Los Angeles Lakers
This is a little outside the box considering Steve Nash is already on the roster, but the 39-year-old veteran is clearly on the decline. The future Hall of Famer missed a lot of time last season and likely only has a few years remaining in his career.
Jennings could play alongside one of the best ever to play the position before eventually taking over as the point guard of the future for the Lakers.
With Dwight Howard deciding to play for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles needs new young players that can help the historic franchise remain on top for years. Kobe Bryant is still the face of the organization, but he will not be around forever.
Of course, Jennings would not only help the future; he would also be a smart acquisition for next season.
The Lakers will struggle to score with Bryant on the sidelines for the first few months of the year. Jennings will take over the role of a go-to scorer until the veteran returns to the court.
After playing alongside a guard who shot way too much last season in Monta Ellis, Jennings would easily be able to adjust to Bryant when he does return.
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