NBA free agency has kicked off the summer calendar for the association and thus far there haven’t been too many surprises, and that includes Dwight Howard signing a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets. Now for all other players that aren’t “superstars” and won’t be receiving max deals from teams, there need to be modest negotiations between player’s agents and team general managers. Now, for Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, he’s recently stated that he wants $12 million a year to come play.
One may say that Jennings request is outrageous, others believe that he is on the verge of superstardom and the money spent on the point guard would be money well spent. However well and good those statements are, the better question should be, is $12 million a year worth it for the Bucks?
As a small market team, and even with the new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners that’s suppose to create less disparity between large market organizations such as the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks still aren’t in a position of power. The Bucks, like so many teams not in cities named New York, Chicago or Boston, have a hard time selling potential free agents on the idea of playing for them. So with that in mind, if a team does happen to retain the rights of a free agent, due to smaller team budgets and finances, find themselves in a bind when trying to add more star power to their rosters. If this is a hard pill to swallow, then just ask the Minnesota Timberwolves about the years after they re-signed the Big Ticket, Kevin Garnett to his lucrative that was worth $126 million.
So the question remains, is Jennings worth the $12 million a year asking price?
In my best estimation, it’s possible that Jennings with his 17.0 points per game, 5.7 assist per game and 1.5 steals per game average, will re-sign with the Bucks. Now, for the Bucks part, they need Jennings still more than he needs them as his superstar potential maybe the only real factor in getting the small market team in Milwaukee to possibly sign another star player to accompany him on the court.