Brandon Jennings is set to become Detroit’s second high-profile signing of the off season after the Pistons were able to strike a trade deal with Milwaukee.
The 23 year-old will join Josh Smith a.k.a J-Smoove in the Motor City this season with both players leaving play-off teams to make the switch to the 2004 Champions, Detroit.
As part of the reported deal, Milwaukee will receive Brandon Knight and two other players after finally conceding defeat in their attempts to re-sign their star man.
Jennings had been with Milwaukee since he started his NBA career in 2009 and has accumulated almost 5,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in 291 appearances. The 6’1″ guard’s best points average came in the shortened 2011-12 season when he racked up 19.1 points per game although his 1,397 points last season is his best total.
In 2009, Jennings broke Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record of most points in a single game by a rookie after pouring in 55 points for the Bucks against the Golden State Warriors. He posted scores of 30+ on nine occasions last season and also dished out a career-high 19 assists against Toronto in March.
Jennings also helped the Bucks reached the play-offs for the second time in his spell but failed to prevent a 4-0 loss to Miami after registering just 53 points. Now, the 10th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft joins JJ Reddick (Denver), Samuel Dalembert and Monta Ellis (both Dallas) out of the exit door.
Coming in are free agents Carlos Delfino, Luke Ridnour, OJ Mayo and Gary Neal, who this week signed a two-year deal after the Spurs decided not to extend his contract. Neal had a surprising impact in the early games of the NBA Finals with some impressive 3-point shooting alongside Danny Green but became a free agent shortly after the Spurs signed Marco Belinelli.
- TEN new additions for the Bucks this season as they attempt to adjust to the loss of some key players in the hope of making the post-season for a second season running.
- As for the Pistons, they already have a potentially imposing front-court with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe and have picked up good recruits in Smith and Jennings whilst adding the vastly experienced Chauncey Billups. Play-offs a strong possibility.