After a year in which he averaged 19.1 points and 5.5 assists, third-year point guard Brandon Jennings might seem to be a pretty good candidate for a contract extension in Milwaukeeâ€”he is eligible for one this offseason. Â But they may not want him, read more after the jump.
But, according to Racine Journal-Times reporter Gery Woelfel, the team is not going to be in a hurry to lock up Jennings. On his Twitter feed, Woelfel quoted Bucks general manager John Hammond saying of a
Jennings extension, â€œItâ€™s not something we have to do.â€
Jennings, on Twitter, retweeted the quote and added, â€œAt least they made it clear…. I respect it!!!!â€
Sporting News was able to catch up with Jenningsâ€™ agent, Bill Duffy, at the Celtics-Hawks playoff game here at TD Garden. Duffy said he had heard about Hammondâ€™s comment. â€œI was surprised by it,â€ he said. â€œButÂ I was mostly surprised because it was not something that we have sat down and talked about.â€ Â Duffy said it was likely that those discussions would start in the coming week.
If the Bucks opt not to give Jennings a long-term deal this offseason, he would be slated to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2013. Hammond is right in that, even if the Bucks donâ€™t sign JenningsÂ right away, they will maintain his rights and can match any offer other teams can make.
There is some risk to that, though, depending on how this yearâ€™s free-agent market plays out. Nets point guard Deron Williams will be a free agent, and the Nets and Mavericks are expected to make a push forÂ him. Suns point guard Steve Nash, too, will be a free agent. By the time this summer ends, there could be several teamsâ€”the Suns, Nets, Mavericks, Raptors, Hornets, Kings, Jazzâ€”with cap space and a need forÂ a point guard.
That could make the upcoming season important for Jennings. â€œWelp…. This will be one of my biggest years coming up!!! Then the Summer should be interesting!!!â€ the Bucks point guard posted to his Twitter account.