Brandon Jennings May or May Not Want to Explore His Options When His Rookie Contract Expires

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]

Previously: Really, Really Hoping that the Bucks Don’t Try to Muzzle the Brash Brandon Jennings

* 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.

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