The Milwaukee Bucks could be heavily involved in trade talks over the next week as several players on the team have expiring contracts. One player in particular, Brandon Jennings, could be on the move.
The 23-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this season in which he will then become a restricted free agent. The Bucks decided against offering him an extension before the beginning of the 2012-13 season because they were unsure what the future held for both parties. Not to mention, they were not very impressed with his shot selection. There is no question Milwaukee would like to retain the point guard but it is unknown if they will be able to once he hits the open market.
Jennings recently hired a new agent, which is a good indication that he wants out of town. There is little doubt that he was disappointed the Bucks did not offer him an extension and apparently, he has decided to take his frustration out on the court. Jennings is playing great team basketball this season as he is averaging 18.5 points, 6.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Since Milwaukee believes there is a good chance they will not be able to re-sign him, they might open their doors to possible trades. Several high-end contenders in both conferences could use someone of Jennings’ ability, which means they might offer quite a bit to acquire the guard. The Bucks, who are also in line for a playoff spot, would like someone of equal talent and a contract that does not expire after this season.
On the other hand, Milwaukee might decide against trading any of their players that are rumored to be on the block in exchange for a legitimate shot at an Eastern Conference championship berth. All owner Herb Kohl has ever wanted was to win and he clearly will stop at nothing to do that. Trading Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert, Ersan Ilyasova or Jennings would give the Bucks great players in return but their playoff chances would instantly decrease for this year. That is why I believe Milwaukee will field offers just to see what could be but in all likelihood will stick with what they got in order to make a run at it.