One broadly worded sentence arched the eyebrows of more than a few Milwaukee Bucks fans today.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly would be open to listening to offers for guard Brandon Jennings.
That’s the kind of phrase that first is met with a wave of the hand and disinterest because it seems like the Bucks have so much invested in Jennings. Then you start to think about it.
Jennings struggled through the majority of his first season after hitting one of the highest highs a rookie guard has ever hit during his first month with his 55-point game. He was a sub-40% shooter on the season, despite leading the team in attempts. Last season wasn’t leaps and bounds better. He again made less than 40% of his shots and took a lot of them. His shooting woes coupled with a broken foot to mask any of the minor improvements he made. Season two hardly seemed any better than season one. That’s a sin in the eyes of basketball fans.
We demand improvement and we demand it be measurable and significant. And we especially demand that of a player becoming the face of a franchise. Suddenly a trade doesn’t seem so outrageous. Bucks fans seem fairly evenly split on Jennings — some feel he still has significant potential, while others feel it may be a good time to cash in on that perception since it isn’t reality.
There was probably a fair amount of division as that sentence made its round around the internet. Even though it isn’t a very important sentence when you break it down.
“… reportedly would be open to listening to offers …”
So if that report is accurate, Milwaukee would not hang up the phone immediately if a team called and said “Would you listen to a Jennings offer?” Forgive me if my jaw remains where it is and doesn’t fall to the floor. Milwaukee just came off its most disappointing season since The Anthony Mason Year. It woefully underachieved and appear to have a rather serious problem scoring. Does that sound like a team that can afford not to listen to an offer for Jennings or any other player? If they aren’t willing, they aren’t trying.
But that doesn’t mean they’re looking to trade Jennings. The team has given him an incredibly long leash and has basked in his worldwide travels the last two summers as apart of various NBA programs. There’s been zero indication the team is ready to move forward without him as their point guard, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t trade him if a team through together some absurd offer.
So don’t jump the gun and think the Bucks are attaching a figurative “For Sale” sign to their young point guard just yet.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook (in the sidebar).