The dog days of the NBA offseason received a much-needed injection of excitement on Tuesday when Brandon Jennings was sign-and-traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Detroit Pistons, as per ESPN’s Marc Stein.
After contract negotiations broke down between the 23-year-old point guard and his incumbent club, the Motor City-based franchise swooped in with a three-year deal worth approximately $25 million.
The Bucks received guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov in return for the No. 10 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Let’s take a look at how that trade impacted other players around the NBA and highlight some other stars that could be on the move in the near future in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Pistons Likely Ending Pursuit of Rondo
Now that Detroit has locked up Jennings at a more than reasonable price for the next three seasons, there is little chance that they remain interested in acquiring Rajon Rondo.
According to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, the Pistons had previously expressed interest in acquiring the Boston Celtics point guard after coming to the conclusion that Knight was likely not capable of facilitating the offense as a floor general.
Rondo is currently rehabbing a torn ACL and preparing for the upcoming campaign with the new-look C’s, who lost Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this summer in a blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets and dealt head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers.
After those moves, there was a lot of buzz that the C’s would try to dump the 27-year-old guard to acquire more assets to rebuild around. That has yet to happen and seems more unlikely as yet another potential taker is now out of the picture.
Sixers Fielded Calls for Turner, May Still Move Him
Evan Turner hasn’t panned out the way the Philadelphia 76ers imagined he would when they selected him No. 2 overall in the 2010 draft.
Although he's steadily improved since entering the league—culminating with averages of 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists 35.3 minutes per contest while starting all 82 games in 2012-13—Turner has yet to emerge as more than a role player on a mediocre squad.
While those averages may be solid, Turner is extremely prone to turnovers (2.3 per game last year) and is wildly streaky from beyond the arc. He has to become more consistent in order to become a reliable starter in this league.
John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com reported that while the Sixers were dismantling their roster and acquiring young picks and future assets during the 2013 draft; they also fielded calls for Turner’s services.
The reporter found that “nothing came close” to getting completed and the team is going give the swingman another chance to succeed in 2013-14.
That could backfire, as an insider told Gonzalez that Turner’s trade value could potentially sink further down if he has a poor campaign playing with young and inexperienced teammates.
Conversely, Turner could eventually reach his ceiling and tap into his potential to become a legit star in the Association.
It’s going to be a long year in Philly, so Turner’s development and trade value is certainly something worth watching.