After a month of speculation on whether or not Brandon Jennings would return to the Milwaukee Bucks, it looks like we’ve finally reached a conclusion. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Jennings is on his way to the Detroit Pistons as apart of a sign and trade:
The Detroit Pistons are nearing an agreement to acquire Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Pistons are finalizing a three-year, $24 million contract with Jennings, sources told Y! Sports.
Woj’s article indicates that the Bucks will apparently be receiving Detroit guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov in the deal. Adding those three to the roster would leave the Bucks one over the maximum allowable players on the roster with 16 when factoring in both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters. Giannis signed with the Bucks earlier Tuesday and Wolters has yet to sign.
Reports had been floating for some time that the Bucks were uninterested in meeting Jennings’ supposed asking price of $12 million annually. Oddly enough, the $8 million he’ll receive per year under the deal signed with the Pistons was the same annual salary the Bucks offered free agent point guard Jeff Teague. Teague, a restricted free agent, accepted Milwaukee’s offer only to have the Atlanta Hawks match, leaving the Bucks in a strange way with Jennings.
Jennings was hoping to attract offers as a restricted free agent this off season, but seemed to have found the market very unfavorable for his services at the price he apparently desired. Very few rumors circulated around teams interested in making Jennings an offer, though that may have been influenced by Bucks general manager John Hammond’s strong assertion in late June that Milwaukee would match any offer made to Jennings.