On Tuesday night, Brandon Jennings made his season debut against the Knicks, for the first time since tearing his left Achilles in January. It was a predictably rocky showing in a game the Pistons lost, but it was encouraging to see him back out there, and the Knicks apparently may have some interest in him going forward, given their dire need at point guard.
The Knicks, according to a source, have interest in several point guards including Jennings, who finally returned to the lineup after rupturing his left Achilles tendon nearly 11 months ago.
Here’s what Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game about Jennings’ potential to be a starting point guard once again after the Achilles injury:
“Oh yeah, I don’t think there is any doubt,” said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. “Brandon is coming back well off of the injury and he’s a guy who just absolutely loves to play, loves to be in the gym. He’s still young, he’s still 26. I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll be a starting point guard in this league again.”
If Jennings wants to be a starter, he isn’t a long-term fit for the Pistons. They just signed Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $80 million contract and he’s having a career year. The Knicks, meanwhile, need a point guard in the worst way. They’re starting Jose Calderon and don’t yet know if youngsters Jerian Grant or Langston Galloway can be starters. If Jennings can get back to even something close to what he was before the injury, he would be the clear-cut starter and a massive upgrade for the Knicks. Given his injury and expiring contract, trading for him wouldn’t be impossible, either. It’s something to keep an eye on.