Brandon Jennings signs in China for less than NBA minimum

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Brandon Jennings‘ 2016-17 season showed his problematic fit in the NBA.

The Knicks cut him, because the 27-year-old has likely already peaked and they’re building for the future. He landed with the Wizards, but they moved on because he couldn’t help them win now.

Caught between a rock and a hard place, Jennings is headed to China.

Marc J. Spears of ESPN:

NBA free agent guard Brandon Jennings tells The Undefeated he has accepted a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play for China Shanxi. Jennings hopes to return to the NBA after his season in China concludes.

Jennings’ NBA minimum is $2,106,470. Taxes matter, but it doesn’t seem he’s going overseas for the cash.

This seems like a decision the NBA made for him.

Jennings looks uncomfortable in anything less than a high-volume role. He’s also not nearly good enough to justify a high-volume role, except maybe on weak bench units on bad teams. But bad teams generally prioritize younger players.

Unless Jennings changes his game, he’ll have a hard time getting back into the NBA.