It seems as if the Milwaukee Bucks had every intention of parting with free agent Brandon Jennings this offseason. Tuesday they reportedly helped him find a new team. The Bucks dealt the young point guard to the Detroit Pistons through a sign and trade, according to ESPN.com citing sources.
The Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Kris Midddleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov in exchange for Jennings, reported ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard citing two sources.
There were early reports from ESPN on Tuesday that the Bucks and Pistons were in talks to get the free agent Jennings on another team.
The 23-year old Jennings had gotten to the point where he was thinking about signing with the Bucks for a one-year qualifying offer. This would have allowed him to be a restricted free agent during what is expected to be a historic free agency period in the summer of 2014.
It became obvious the Bucks had plans to move on from Jennings when they attempted to sign restricted free agent Jeff Teague. However, the Atlanta Hawks matched the Bucks’ four-year, $32 million offer and Teague was forced to stay with the Hawks.
The Bucks have lost their top three guards from last season this summer—Jennings is now with the Pistons, Monta Ellis is with the Dallas Mavericks and J.J. Redick is with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Pistons have made some good moves this offseason. In addition to acquiring Jennings, the team picked up Josh Smith and Chauncey Billups. Billups was a member of the Pistons’ championship team in 2004. He was originally brought on to be a mentor for Brandon Knight. However, Jennings will most likely assume the role of mentee.
Jennings (17.5 ppg and 6.5 apg in 2012-2013) is a great scorer and should be able to inject a healthy amount of offense into his new team. Also, with the addition of Billups, Jennings may be able to move over to shooting guard while Billups runs point from time to time.