July 30, 2013

Pistons trading for Jennings

According to an initial report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Detroit Pistons have agreed in principle to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks to acquire guard Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal. The Pistons are finalizing a three-year, $24 million contract with Jennings. The Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, center Slava Kravtsov, and forward Khris Middleton according to league sources. 

Jennings would be the second big free agent signing of the summer after signing forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million deal. From an experience standpoint Jennings is an upgrade from Brandon Knight, and Detroit now has a reasonably lethal scoring threat from the guard position. With the acquisition of Smith, I saw a formidable front court forming alongside center Greg Monroe and second-year forward Andre Drummond (all three guys with knacks for double-doubles and shot blocking). Not only would adding Jennings provide another young spark for their back court, but you're looking at a potential "lefty" nucleus with Jennings/Smith/Monroe. Don't forget the Pistons also brought back veteran guard Chauncey Billups for a capable and disciplined championship presence on the floor and in the locker room. This could be a feisty gathering in Motown and a potential bottom-half sleeper in the East next season. 

Check out Jennings' 55-point performance against Golden State in 2009: 



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