The Milwaukee Bucks made the right decision Tuesday night to trade point guard Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons. The four-year player, who spent his entire career in Milwaukee after the organization selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, was going to cause all sorts of problems for the team after finding out they did not want anything to do with him. The good news is the Bucks got some young talent in return, which is outstanding considering they could have been stuck paying Jennings’ $4.5 million qualifying offer.
Milwaukee acquired 21-year-old guard Brandon Knight, 21-year-old small forward Khris Middleton and 25-year-old center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Obviously, the Bucks desperately needed a starting point guard and depth at small forward, which they received in Knight and Middleton. Both players have shown a tremendous amount of potential in their short time in the league.
Many were quick to point out that Knight is no Jennings when it comes to producing points. There are two ways to counter that statement. For one, Knight averaged 13.3 points per game last season, which was only his second year in the NBA. He still has plenty of time to figure out his offensive game, something Milwaukee’s new coaching staff can help with.
Secondly, Knight could very well be the better overall point guard. Jennings never really played the position correctly. In fact, he was very bad at delivering passes on time to where they needed to be. Why does anyone think the Bucks tried desperately to acquire Jeff Teague?
After Milwaukee gave Teague an offer, that was it. There was simply no way of turning back at that point. The Bucks made the decision right then and there that even if they could not acquire Teague they would still have to part ways with Jennings. Getting two decent players in return is certainly more than many thought Milwaukee would get at this stage in the game.