Brandon Jennings trade rumors indicated a deal between the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets was forming. Those Jennings trade rumors may have already been refuted by Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. The deal was seemingly close, though details of what the Nets were sending back to the Pistons was not clear. A report from MLive late Thursday, February 4, relays some shock from SVG when he heard about the rumors.
“I got my email today from (general manager) Jeff (Bower) with all the discussions that have gone on, and there was no mention of Brooklyn and no mention of Brandon in any of it. But hey, with the way you guys make (expletive) up this time of the year, it’s always interesting to me to find out stuff that you guys know we’re talking about that we don’t know we’re talking about. I find it interesting and amusing.”
It’s not a secret that the reason new Brandon Jennings trade rumors have come up is his current contract situation. Jennings is in the final season of his deal and makes just over $8.3 million from the Pistons this year. The team has already committed a long-term contract to Reggie Jackson, presumably stating that Jennings won’t be coming back when the NBA free agency period begins. Many teams need a new point guard, which is why his name was expected to surface as the NBA trade deadline approaches.
Fantasy basketball owners should certainly pay close attention to the Brandon Jennings trade rumors, as he could wind up with a heavy minutes increase if he is dealt by the Detroit Pistons. There are two ways to look at the situation, though, as the Pistons have to decide if dealing Jennings is in the short-term interest of the franchise. The Pistons are at 26-24 on the season and currently hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. This team is well on its way to making the 2016 NBA Playoffs unless it goes through a second half meltdown.
With playoff aspirations at hand, the Pistons have to weigh the possibility of losing Jennings for nothing against sacrificing depth as the postseason approaches. The Pistons are just 2-and-a-half games out of the fourth seed in the East and hosting a first-round series in the NBA Playoffs. That could be a huge deal for the young franchise, especially when it comes to potentially luring free agents in the next NBA offseason. It might create a situation where the team listens to the Brandon Jennings trade rumors, but decides against making a move before the NBA trade deadline.
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