Brandon Jennings wanted big money and a big market. Remember he switched agents last season and while everyone denied it officially that was all about getting a big change for Jennings.
The Bucks were ready to move on too — they made an offer to bring in Jeff Teague, but the Hawks matched it.
The Bucks have been looking for a sign-and-trade where another team gets Jennings (and gives him a healthy contract) and sends the Bucks back a point guard they would like (or other quality piece).
The result could be a forced marriage of the Bucks and Jennings for one more season at the qualifying offer amount of $4.5 million, suggests the Journal Sentinel.
As awkward as Jennings’ one-year return would be, I’m thinking a potentially bad situation could actually become a good thing next season for player and organization with a lot of work and understanding on both sides.
In a contract year, Jennings would be highly motivated to become the player he thinks he is and get the money he thinks he’s worth. With a new coach and without the friction caused by Monta Ellis’ presence, it’s possible that Jennings’ attitude could be reshaped to make something of next season for the Bucks.
A trade could also happen during training camp if injuries strike another team, or maybe closer to the deadline. Especially if Jennings does become the more efficient kind of point guard teams are looking for — Jennnings put up good numbers last year but shot just 39.9 percent. He tends to take bad shots and doesn’t finish well in the lane, but most off-putting to teams is his defense. Or lack of it.
It’s not that Jennings is bad or doesn’t have potential, but he reportedly thought he deserved $12 million a year while teams I heard were thinking more like $7-8 million. And the teams interested were not all big markets.
One year forced together could be good for the Bucks and Jennings. Or, it could be an unmitigated disaster.
Timofey Mozgov is not an MVP candidate, but that didn’t stop one fan from starting a chant while the Los Angeles Lakers C was at the free-throw line on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.
May I just say this: Bless this fan.
As Mozgov went to the line midway through the first quarter, someone within earshot of ESPN’s parabolic microphones started a chant for the Russian big man.
It was quiet during Mozgov’s first free throw, but during the second more fans at Staples joined in to the point where it was impossible to ignore it.
This is what having a fun at a basketball game looks like. Too good.
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Richard Jefferson has a legendary Snapchat account, and I think it just got even better.
During a video posted to Jefferson’s account on Saturday, viewers were able to see a point-of-view account of what it’s like to be an NBA player practicing 3-pointers and dunking down lob passes.
Thanks to a pair of Snapchat Spectacles — a video camera in a set of glasses and paired with the social application — Jefferson gave us a taste of what it’s like to be an NBA player, if only for a moment.
I think it’s pretty cool to see from his perspective. Thanks to the evolution of wearable technology and 3D viewing equipment this is probably just a very small preview of what our viewing experience for the NBA is going to be like in 10-15 years.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James likes to throw in a couple of halfcourt shots before games, just as a little warmup. It looks like his son, LeBron James Jr. is following in his footsteps.
On Friday, James posted a video to his Instagram of Jr. — known as “Bronny” — casually tossing in a halfcourt shot at Quicken Loans Arena.
That’s one talented 12-year-old kid.
MILWAUKEE (AP) A German company that makes a popular liqueur is not raising a shot glass to the Milwaukee Bucks’ redesigned logo.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Jägermeister has filed formal opposition with an appeal board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office about the registration of the logo.
The company contends it “has established exclusive rights in the DEER HEAD Marks through use in commerce in the United States” going back to 1968. It cites numerous reasons to oppose registration for the NBA team, including the possibility that people might confuse the two companies or believe they are connected or affiliated.
Both logos feature forward-looking deer with large antlers inside a circle or partial circle in about the same proportions.
Neither the Bucks nor Jägermeister returned messages seeking comment.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com