HoopsHype Brandon Jennings rumors

April 19, 2014 Updates

One of Loyer's bigger challenges internally was keeping point guard Brandon Jennings engaged after Cheeks was fired. Jennings regarded Cheeks as a father figure and as he failed to adapt after the change, Loyer found himself turning more to backup Will Bynum, one of several Pistons who later ended the season injured. Booth Newspapers

April 10, 2014 Updates

So let Gigi Datome take some of it. And Tony Mitchell. And Peyton Siva, who already has been playing increased minutes at point guard and saw extensive playing time in two wins before the debacle here. Jennings said it's time for more. "I think, at this point, it's important that we play the young guys," he said after missing his first 10 field-goal attempts. "Let the young guys get some time, let them see what it is to play 35 minutes a night in the NBA." Booth Newspapers

April 4, 2014 Updates

“I think anybody, and it’s just in general, the highest-paid player on the team and supposed to be the franchise, they pay you like that, they expect you to produce like that,” said point guard Brandon Jennings, who also arrived in Detroit last summer. “That’s just like (Pacers forward) Paul George, he got 90 (million dollars). If he came in and didn’t live up to it, how much would people be talking about him? If you’re that high-paid player, you gotta be ready every night. Every night. You can’t have no days off. Nobody cares, nobody wants to hear that.” Detroit News

April 3, 2014 Updates

Are you a Brandon Jennings fan? Well, there’s an app for that. Available for free at Apple’s App Store, it’s called “BRANDed.” The app features Jennings’ tastes in music, fashion and news about Jennings. The idea came about last summer and is a partnership between Jennings and Excel Sports Management, the agency founded by Jennings’ representative, Jeff Schwartz. “It was just an idea of trying to help people get their stories out. It’s a positive app, there’s nothing negative,” Jennings said. “I’m not looking to do anything negative. I’m just looking to help people push their product or whatever they have going on. “It’s things I think are tight, it’s things I think are dope that’s coming out.” Detroit Free Press

Are you a Brandon Jennings fan? Well, there’s an app for that. Available for free at Apple’s App Store, it’s called “BRANDed.” The app features Jennings’ tastes in music, fashion and news about Jennings. The idea came about last summer and is a partnership between Jennings and Excel Sports Management, the agency founded by Jennings’ representative, Jeff Schwartz. Detroit Free Press

April 1, 2014 Updates
March 20, 2014 Updates

Brandon Jennings, who was 19 when he was the first-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, doesn’t get it. He especially doesn’t understand why ex-players would be for it. “The only reason I won’t agree with that is you see guys who have talked about this and say they agree,” Jennings said. “Every guy who kind of said something is kind of on they way out in the league, so why you hating on the next young kid coming up anyway? “I just feel like if a kid’s ready, he’s ready to go — why two years? Then if I’m a kid that’s talented and you expect me to go to college and eat McDonalds’s all the time. I’m not rolling.” Detroit Free Press

March 1, 2014 Updates

Jennings made it clear Friday he doesn't like his cards. It would be "kind of embarrassing" to miss the playoffs with the retooled roster this season, he said, and the dismissal of Cheeks after 50 games continues to affect him more than his teammates, he acknowledged. "To be honest, I don't think the team is probably tripping," about the Cheeks firing, Jennings said. "I feel like it's still the same. It's still the same. Not much has really changed, if you asked me." Booth Newspapers

February 28, 2014 Updates

Jennings made it clear Friday he doesn't like his cards. It would be "kind of embarrassing" to miss the playoffs with the retooled roster this season, he said, and the dismissal of Cheeks after 50 games continues to affect him more than his teammates, he acknowledged. "To be honest, I don't think the team is probably tripping," about the Cheeks firing, Jennings said. "I feel like it's still the same. It's still the same. Not much has really changed, if you asked me." Booth Newspapers

February 12, 2014 Updates

That said, Hollins sees Detroit as an attractive situation. “Well, I think the kid, [Andre] Drummond, can be an outstanding defensive center. He needs to obviously develop offensively but defensively and rebounding – which is a core of being a good team is being able to rebound – he’s coming along really well. [Greg] Monroe has shown that he can score and he’s a decent passer, good team player. They went and picked up Josh Smith. I think sometimes the three-headed monster is tough to play together but there’s ways to work around that. But I like Josh Smith. I like Brandon Jennings as a dynamic point guard who can put up a lot of points. I think they need to learn how to win. I think they need to learn how to play together on a consistent basis and play hard, but they’ve got some intriguing pieces that make me say, ‘Wow, there’s possibilities there.’” NBCSports.com

Billups does not use the hard approach for Jennings. He knows he is still recovering from the Cheeks firing. A softer touch is needed. And Billups makes a point to approach Jennings when he has words of wisdom. “I really enjoy working with Brandon and trying to teach him to take the reins and taking responsibility for being a leader,” Billups said. “I know he is a little disappointed Mo had to leave. Mo gave him a lot of confidence and responsibility. Now I told him his responsibility does not change. You have to lean on things he taught you.” Detroit News

February 9, 2014 Updates
January 25, 2014 Updates
January 23, 2014 Updates

After being an offensive focal point, he has to share more with a team that’s more talented — although it hasn’t shown in the record. “That’s probably been the main thing,” Monroe said. “I kind of need the ball to get a rhythm. That’s how it’s always been, so it’s been a little tough — especially when guys have it going. You don’t want to interrupt that, so it’s kind of a rough area for me, really.” Coach Maurice Cheeks suggested Monroe might want to ask point guard Brandon Jennings for more touches. Monroe said that’s not his style: “Nah, I’ve never done that. ... It’s tough to go there and say that.” Detroit Free Press

January 22, 2014 Updates

Jennings called the 2013-14 season "a learning year for me, to try to be able to run a team." "In Milwaukee, I wasn't really trying to run a team, I was really just playing basketball and shooting at will," he said. "This year, I've just tried to take a step back. It's been a little difficult but that comes with it. It's definitely going to take some time." Booth Newspapers

January 5, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2013 Updates

Jennings harbors no ill will toward the Bucks. His impact on the organization is not lost on him. “I still have love for Milwaukee, that’s where I started my career,” he said. “They took a chance on me because I was a kid that went overseas and nobody knew me or knew I can play. I still got love for everything we did there. I’m not going to take all the full credit, but I brought a lot of spark to the city, going to the playoffs two years, just changing it a little bit, the [high-top fade] haircut, everything.” Boston Globe

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.