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Report: NBA players are open to considering their options when they become free agents

| February 10, 2012

Category: Bucks Player Features

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This was against the Heat. That feels like a lifetime ago. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

This includes Brandon Jennings, who will be a restricted free agent after next season and a free free agent after the 2013-2014 season.

One thing I’m not going to do here? Deal with this for two years.

Especially when Jennings says things as simple as: “I am going to keep my options open, knowing that the time is coming up.’

That’s barely more newsworthy than most of the generic quotes players and coaches pull from their mental database of cliches after your average February game. I’m sure there’s a reason this was written, just as there was a reason I wrote about the generic quotes from Jennings after the Suns game. I’m not tossing aside this article as without merit. There is something there.

But it’s too early for me to put myself through worrying about it.

Here’s the ultimate moral to this story, every time it becomes a story, whether it’s with a premier player or a second tier player: If a team is really good, the player usually sticks with it. Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose aren’t both some beacons of a better time, they are dudes who play on really good teams that look like they will be really good for the foreseeable future. They didn’t want to leave because they had little to gain from leaving.

Guys like Dwight Howard and Brandon Jennings are playing on teams without a very bright future. I dug into this a bit last week when I wrote about the Bucks inability to blow things up right now. They can’t really do a rebuild and have Brandon Jennings be apart of it. All they can do is reload with cast aside veterans like Corey Maggette, John Salmons or Stephen Jackson.

It is what it is. If Jennings leaves in a few years, it isn’t because he’s a selfish jerk, it’ll be because he doesn’t want to waste his career with a team that is content to get the gold medal for mediocrity every year.

But I’m not writing about this any further for now. We’re all in this to enjoy ourselves, aren’t we?

Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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  1. jtcooky says:

    Try telling this to the guys on RealGM, people over there are going nuts

    • @jtcooky Brandon has the internet going nuts. He’s like Paul Wall in that way.

      • jtcooky says:

        @jeremyschmidt Jim Paschke said it best on his Twitter: “Don’t understand big deal when someone says: “I’m keeping my options open.” Doesn’t every team and every player do that all the time?”

  2. JustinNixon says:

    This is the only comment I will make on this. As a Southern California Bucks fan I am sick of the nonsense that is going on in the NBA right now. Whatever happened to playing in the NBA being a luxury, no matter where you played? I am not saying that BJen is becoming an “I want out” guy, but his play recently has seemed lackadaisical.. I want players on the Bucks that want to be Bucks and aren’t trying to build their status portfolio.. FEAR THE DEER.. OUT

    • Marq says:

      @JustinNixon

      I know this is off-topic, but doesn’t it seem like us long-range Bucks fans (I’m in Oklahoma) have more team spirit than the ones in Wisconsin? I guess you have to be a true diehard to follow a team like the Bucks from a thousand miles away.

  3. Teddddd says:

    I’m just mad at Chris Broussard for making this a story when it in fact is not a story at all? It’s common knowledge and I’d like to think there are better things to report than stating the obvious, I’m not a journalist though

    • jtcooky says:

      @Teddddd Yeah there was no reason for him to poke the bear right now when things are a little rocky in Milwaukee anyway. And it really is stating the obvious because if he wasn’t “keeping his options open” he would have already re-signed, and nobody would have expected him to re-sign already. Only the best of the best get contract extensions before the contract is actually expired.