Remember when Brandon Jennings was the worst because he hated us because Milwaukee’s small and cold and the Bucks are never good or whatever the reasoning was? Turns out, maybe that’s not the case.
Chris Broussard followed up where Chad Ford left off earlier today and actually conversed with Brandon Jennings, rather than sources around Brandon Jennings. This is what Jennings had to say:
“That is not true,” Jennings said in a text message to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard when asked if his relationship with the Bucks is beyond repair. “Just because I got a new agent doesn’t mean anything. That stuff never came out of my mouth. They’re just reaching for a story since I changed my agent [to Jeff Schwartz].”
So he’s issuing a denial that he ever said these things and implying that what he says is more important than what sources around him say.
Jennings went on to say that he isn’t seeking more exposure because being in Milwaukee kept him out of the All-Star game:
:Being in Milwaukee wasn’t the reason I didn’t make the All-Star Game,” Jennings said. “Guys just had better numbers than me.”
It probably doesn’t so much matter either way, what he’s saying, what others are saying. What sources and people say can be denied, twisted and manipulated very easily, but what can’t be denied is that the Bucks aren’t all that good at basketball, and a lot of that falls on Jennings. He shoots a bunch, misses most of the time and is a risky bet as a $10 million plus player. And that’s certainly the type of salary he’ll command on the open market.
The Bucks hold all the cards with regard to Jennings. He’s theirs right now and he’ll be a restricted free agent who really can’t receive one of those “poison pill” contracts you hear about. It’s not like a team will offer Jennings one year at $14 million and then following years at $8 million. He’s going to be a $10 million plus player every season. The Bucks simply have to decide if he’s worth that.
If he’s not, they’ll let him leave in the summer or they’ll trade him away before next Thursday. What he wants isn’t really the question. This is the Bucks game and he’s just playing in it for now. If he wants to take a one year qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, then he’ll have all the leverage he wants.
For now, Milwaukee will decide his future, whether he’s happy with them or not.