December 20, 2014

Bucks trade Jennings to Detroit

The Brandon Jennings saga appears to be over in Milwaukee.  The Bucks have reportedly sent Jennings to Detroit in a sign-and-trade deal for guard Brandon Knight.  Milwaukee also reportedly  gets forward Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov in the deal.  As part of the sign-and-trade, Jennings agreed to a 3-year, $24-million deal with the Pistons.

Milwaukee and the 4th year point guard have had a rocky year.  Last off-season, it was reported that Jennings turned down a 4-year, $40-million extension with the team.  After feeling like he was snubbed as an all-star for the 2nd straight year in February, Jennings went into the tank and his relationship with Bucks then Interim Head Coach Jim Boylan went south for the rest of the year.

The relationship between Jennings and the Bucks appeared to be irreconcilable when they went after Atlanta restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague.  It appeared that Teague was ready to join Milwaukee but Atlanta matched the offer leaving the Bucks without a point guard.  The only options Jennings had were a sign-and-trade deal or sign a qualifying offer to return to Milwaukee for a year.

Knight, 21, averaged 13.3 points and 4.0 assists in 75 games for the Piston last season while Jennings, 23, averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in 80 games for the Bucks.