Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is reportedly one of several players the New York Knicks are considering as they attempt to bolster the 23rd-ranked offense.
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Jennings Being Monitored By Knicks Following Injury Return
Friday, Jan. 1
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Knicks team president Phil Jackson is looking for somebody to complement and eventually replace current starter Jose Calderon. Jennings, who recently returned to game action after an Achilles injury, is on the radar.
The 26-year-old guard has played two games since his return to the lineup. He's averaged seven points while shooting 39 percent from the floor in 19 minutes per game as the Pistons slowly work him back into the rotation.
His best season came with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011-12 when he checked in at 19.1 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest.
While Jennings has always flashed the ability to create offense, both for himself and his teammates, his shot selection is a major concern. He's a career 39 percent shooter, including 35 percent from beyond the arc, which makes him mostly a volume scorer.
The extended injury absence is also a potential issue, likely delaying any deal until he can prove he's back to full strength. Jennings stated Thursday that he's getting closer to normal, as David Mayo of MLive noted.
"My body's feeling better now every day," Jennings said. "I don't have to really put heat packs on my legs, or anything like that anymore."
If he does begin to showcase more typical form, a deal could make sense for the Knicks. Jennings is currently caught behind Reggie Jackson on the Pistons depth chart and is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, per Spotrac.
So the asking price should be reasonable. He would definitely bring more scoring punch to the point than Calderon. That said, it's fair to wonder whether there would be enough shots available for him, Carmelo Anthony and the emerging Kristaps Porzingis to coexist successfully.