Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 2/10/12

February 09, 2010 Milwaukee, WI. Bradley Center..Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings had 18 points and 5 assists..Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Detroit Pistons 81-93. Mike McGinnis/CSM.

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Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, hold up a second. You mean to tell me a good player in the Milwaukee market is thinking about leaving his team? Now there’s a shocker.

Brandon Jennings is in his third NBA season after being drafted by the Bucks in 2009. He can become a free agent in 2014 and says he’s already planning on exploring his options.

“I am going to keep my options open, knowing that the time is coming up,” Jennings told Chris Broussard over email. “I’m doing my homework on big-market teams.”

Jennings says the city of Milwaukee and the front office has been nothing but good to him, but after seeing guys like Melo, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard pretty much force their way out of small market teams, he says it opened his eyes to the business side of the game.

The real big story to worry about if you’re a Bucks fan is this line from Broussard:

“Sources close to the situation said he is frustrated with the direction of the franchise.”

If Broussard just interviewed Jennings and he’s including that line, you can take it to the bank that it’s accurate. Bucks GM John Hammond said the interview caught him off guard. It really shouldn’t. Small market teams can’t realistically expect star players to remain in their city instead of going to a more glamorous town. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s the truth.

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