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?