Bucks GM, John Hammond, has a big decision to make with the trade deadline approaching. Does he keep restricted free-agent to-be Brandon Jennings and risk losing him for nothing come free agency, or does he make a move now and get something in return. Hammond has publicly stated his love for Jennings and Ellis, and while he hopes to keep them together, the Bucks may not be able to match an offer from a big-market team.
According to Chad Ford, ESPN:
Jennings has, according to one source, “irreconcilable differences” with Milwaukee. He’s frustrated, according to sources, that the two sides weren’t able to work out a long-term extension this summer. In addition, he feels as though he doesn’t get the attention he deserves and wants a bigger market to take his talents to.
The Bucks have Jennings’ restricted free-agency rights and can match any offer, but if the Mavericks, Hawks, Magic or another team makes a huge bid, the small-market Bucks may not be able to afford or want to match.