Neither Brandon Jennings nor Tyreke Evans received or agreed to lucrative contract extensions this past offseason.
The thinking on both is that their respective teams need a little more time to decide on where they stand with these players in terms of making a long-term commitment, and since the Bucks and the Kings have the right to match any offers received in restricted free agency, should either have a breakout season, there’s really no risk.
But if a decision is made by either organization that Jennings or Evans aren’t going to be a part of the future of the franchise, then a trade, as opposed to losing the player without compensation, would make a lot of sense.
Neither Tyreke Evans, nor Brandon Jennings, were given extensions this fall — so which one is more likely to be dealt before the February trade deadline or play somewhere else next season? Put your money on Jennings.
Several teams are already quietly assessing him to decide what he should be worth to them and the Bucks are aware of that. The Kings, according to a source, are simply waiting for someone else to set the value of Evans in restricted free agency next summer.
While no one can quite figure out how to best use Evans or what position he plays, he is a massive talent. The Kings know all that. They don’t want to see that talent harnessed elsewhere. They can’t afford to see that. Now, I have no one from the Bucks saying that they’re ready and willing to move Jennings, but a source indicated he’s more inclined to make his way elsewhere than Evans is.
The Jennings situation is particularly interesting, given the hysterics that surrounded his fairly innocuous comments about wanting to take a look at big market teams when his time to enter free agency arrives.
As for Sacramento, Evans hasn’t developed the way the organization hoped he would have to this point, for a variety of reasons. Seeing him thrive elsewhere would indeed be painful, but no more so than locking him up to a huge contract and then watching him continue to underperform in that situation.