Brandon Jennings, probably the best Milwaukee Buck since Ray Allen was traded away in 2003*, told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that he’s keeping his options open when it comes to signing an extension with the club. Try to follow this quote:
“I’m not saying I won’t (sign an extension with the Bucks) and I’m not saying I will,” he said. “I’m just keeping my options open.”
Why bother bring it up? Is this ESPN creating a story way before it should be one, or Jennings’ agent looking to capitalize on an All-Star snub? Jennings is on the hook for the remainder of this season and next season. So he’s 17 months from becoming a free agent.
Regarding his beef with the organization putting together a flawed team … yes, I think the Drew Gooden acquisition was awful, and ditto Amir Johnson. Trading for a malcontent like Stephen Jackson was bound to blow up in their face. Toss in Andrew Bogut’s inability to stay healthy and they’ll be lottery-bound, again.
The Bucks’ best option might be to trade Jennings before this situation becomes contentious, kind of like Utah shipping Deron Williams to New Jersey. I think the point guard-less Lakers seem like a natural fit for the flashy Jennings, who is from Compton. [WFNY]
* I know Michael Redd was a fantastic shooter and averaged 26 a night before injuries ruined a promising career, but I feel Jennings is a much more complete player than Redd.