NBA rumors: Brandon Jennings to Russia

Ten years after he started his career in Italy with Roma, Brandon Jennings is expected to return to Europe and play in Russia for Zenit St Petersburg. After 580 games in the NBA and brief stint in China, Jennings will try to revive his career at the age of 31.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Brandon Jennings to a second 10-day contract. Jennings has appeared in each of Milwaukee’s four games since he signed his first 10-day contract on March 11.
Marc J. Spears: The Milwaukee Bucks plan to sign point guard Brandon Jennings to a second 10-day contract in the morning, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated. Jennings is averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 assists for the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to get some point guard help from a familiar face. According to league sources, Brandon Jennings is coming back to the franchise that drafted him. Taken by the Bucks with the No. 10 pick in the 2009 NBA draft and most recently a member of the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks' G League affiliate, Jennings, 28, is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Bucks in the coming days.
G League Wisconsin Herd point guard Brandon Jennings is returning to his original NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks, on a 10-day contract, he confirmed to ESPN's The Undefeated.
He expects to arrive in Milwaukee on Saturday night, practice with the Bucks on Sunday and be available for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. "Blessed and grateful for a second chance coming from a franchise where I started," Jennings told The Undefeated.
Bobby Marks: Even with the injuries to Mirza Teletovic, Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Milwaukee is not hardship eligible to sign a player. The Bucks will need to create a roster spot to sign Brandon Jennings to a 10-Day Contract.
G-League Wisconsin Herd guard Brandon Jennings is signing a 10-day contract with his original NBA team in the Milwaukee Bucks, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated.
Brandon Jennings started his NBA career as the No. 10 overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2009 draft. On Tuesday, he became a member of the G League's Wisconsin Herd, which picked up the 28-year-old guard off waivers.
Adam Johnson: NBA veteran Brandon Jennings has signed a G League contract, league sources tell @Adam Johnson.
If some team offers you a non-guaranteed deal, a 10-day contract, will you consider it? Brandon Jennings: Oh yeah, for sure. That’s something I will probably have to take anyways with the circumstances that I’m in. That definitely would be something that I would be down for, of course. I’m 28, I want to play until I’m 35. I’m fully healthy from my Achilles injury and things like that. So I just want the opportunity.
Considering your experience in the NBA and despite being only 28-years-old, would you be happy being a mentor for a young point guard? Brandon Jennings: Absolutely, for sure I would. Because I feel that’s where I am right now in my career at 28. I have to transition into being a vet. I still have to compete and play at a high level, of course. But I’m also here to teach and tell young guys the mistakes they are making and how to be a professional.
If any NBA team's looking for a point guard, Brandon Jennings says SIGN ME UP -- 'cause dude's back from China and ready to ball out! We got Brandon out at South Beverly Grill ... and he told us he's ready for another shot with the big boys after taking his talents to the CBA. FYI, Jennings has bounced around the last few seasons with the Wizards, Knicks and Magic ... but he's still just 28 and says he's still got A LOT of years left in him.
Marc J. Spears: China Shanxi has signed @brandonjennings to a one-year, $2.2 million deal, a source told @TheUndefeated.
Marc J. Spears: NBA free agent guard Brandon Jennings tells The Undefeated he has accepted a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play for China Shanxi. Jennings hopes to return to the NBA after his season in China concludes.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Brandon Jennings. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. In addition, the team waived forward Danuel House.
“ Brandon gives us playmaking ability and experience at the guard position while adding another scoring option as well,” said Grunfeld. “ His presence, along with the recent acquisition of Bojan Bogdanovic and the continued progression of Ian Mahinmi, will help our team as we continue our push towards the playoffs.”
Marc Stein: Brandon Jennings and Luis Scola also clear waivers, per league sources. Jennings now free to join the Wiz; Bogut can now sign in Cleveland.
As the Washington Wizards welcome in new backup point guard Brandon Jennings, the team has decided to waive rookie Danuel House Jr. House, a 23-year-old forward, has experienced a turbulent first year. Although the Wizards signed him as an undrafted free agent and his contract became finalized in January, House appeared in just one game because of an injury and NBA D-League assignments.
After the trade deadline passed Thursday, Anthony admitted he didn’t see Jackson’s vision for the team. Monday, he also noted he was unencumbered by clue about the waiving of Jennings. But he wasn’t upset with no prior knowledge. “Not really. That situation doesn’t bother me,” Anthony said. “I still don’t know if it was more Brandon or the organization or a mutual agreement.”
Marc Stein: Jose Calderon, Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings can't actually sign anywhere yet. All three need to clear waivers first Wednesday at 5 PM. But Calderon is committed to Golden State, Jennings is Wiz-bound and Bogut is still talking to teams ... with Cleveland still the favorite.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Assuming waivers are cleared on Wednesday afternoon, guard Brandon Jennings and Wizards are enthusiastic about completing a deal.
The ex-Pistons point guard was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday, a transaction Jennings reportedly asked for, and is likely to wind up elsewhere. And that's straight from the mouth of Jeff Schwartz, Jennings' agent who contacted Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy. "He's going to go to Charlotte," Van Gundy told a group of Detroit reporters Monday afternoon. "I wasn't surprised because I heard about it this morning. His agent contacted me and told me what was going on, so I guess I wasn't surprised.
Marc Stein: Word is multiple teams are interested in Brandon Jennings' free agency .... with the Wizards, (via @chrisbhaynes) at the front of the line.
Jennings mysteriously sat out the game before the All-Star break/trade deadline with a sore Achilles and claimed it had nothing to do with the potential for a deal. The Knicks had received trade offers for Jennings. He also deactivated his Twitter account for several days in a possible indication the New York market got to him. “Just needed a break from it,’’ Jennings said. “As a Knick player you get all sorts of weird tweets. You play for the Knicks. You’re going to get a lot of tweets. A lot. I just wanted to get off social media for a minute, that’s all. I was able to clear my head.”
Ian Begley: NYK looked into trading Jennings after he expressed a desire to move on, per a source. Worth noting: his cap hold this summer was $6 million
The Knicks’ front office and coaching staff hadn’t been enamored with Jennings’ mindset amidst the team’s struggles this season, league sources said, and ownership agreed to pay him the balance of the $5 million owed him on his contract this season.
Marc J. Spears: Brandon Jennings told NYK recently he wanted to play for a playoff team, source said. NYK released the vet PG, plan to sign another. Woj 1st
Brandon Jennings said back in July that he felt some around the NBA questioned his love for the game. It sounds like he’s looking to prove that perception wrong this season. “I’m as hungry as I’ve ever been now. I’m on a one-year deal. I’m coming off an Achilles injury, everybody [wrote] me off. So right now I’m hungry, I’m more hungry than ever,” Jennings said last week on The Stashed’s “33rd & 7th” podcast with Anthony Donahue.
Jennings said in July that Jackson expects him to win the NBA’s Sixth Man award this season. He’s fine with those expectations, as well as coming off the bench in New York after starting 90 percent of his first 460 regular-season games. “At the end of the day, right now I just want to win, man. I just want to be in a winning environment,” Jennings, whose teams have won 45 percent of the games he's played in, told Donahue. “I’m in the biggest market, the greatest basketball city, the Mecca, so who cares [about coming off the bench]? Let’s just win. We win, the whole city loves us.”
Ian Begley: Update: the Knicks have rescinded the $2.7 million qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, per league sources. This was likely done to fit Brandon Jennings' deal into cap space. This doesn't preclude the Knicks from re-signing Galloway but makes it a bit more difficult. The club has not renounced free agent Lance Thomas, so it can use Early Bird rights to sign him to a deal worth a max of approximately $6.2 million.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have their backup point guard in Brandon Jennings. Jennings' deal is one year and approximately $5 million, league sources confirm to ESPN. CSN Chicago first reported the terms. The Knicks will likely have to renounce their rights to free agents Derrick Williams, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic and Kevin Seraphin to fit Jennings' deal into cap space. The club should still be able to sign restricted free agent Langston Galloway and free agent Lance Thomas by going over the cap to do so via the Early Bird exception.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have their backup point guard in Brandon Jennings. Jennings' deal is one year and approximately $5 million, league sources confirm to ESPN. CSN Chicago first reported the terms. The Knicks will likely have to renounce their rights to free agents Derrick Williams, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic and Kevin Seraphin to fit Jennings' deal into cap space. The club should still be able to sign restricted free agent Langston Galloway and free agent Lance Thomas by going over the cap to do so via the Early Bird exception.
Brandon Jennings: Can't wait to play in the Mecca!! Excited to be joining such a historic franchise @NYKNICKS!!!
Chris Broussard: Free agent point guard Brandon Jennings will work out for the Brooklyn Nets Friday morning at UCLA, according to a league source.
The Nets also have legitimate interest in Orlando’s Brandon Jennings. – who should be available with the Magic all-in on their youth movement and Elfrid Payton – but have not yet secured a meeting with the 26-year-old.
Steve Kyler: Brandon Jennings would like to stay - have not talked to Ersan about it - always comes down to money.…
Since being traded to Orlando, Jennings has played in 18 games - starting six - and averaged 7.5 points and 4.1 assists, a significant drop in production from the 15-plus points and seven assists he was averaging during the peak of his career in Detroit. "If a team believes in me and believes that I'm capable of getting back to myself and run a team, I'm down," Jennings said. "The first thing is taking care of business this summer. That's the biggest thing. I've got all the way until September, so I've got a whole summer this summer. My love for the game is crazy, so I'm going to be ready."
Brooklyn is one of the teams with the biggest need at point guard after losing Jarrett Jack for the season to a knee injury. The Nets are willing to give Jennings a long-term contract as they begin the process of rebuilding following the reign of error directed by Billy King.
And if it's his last season in Detroit, he hopes to be a main cog in a playoff push. "My main thing when I come back is to help this team get to the playoffs, because that's our main goal," Jennings said. "Everybody feels that's the goal and what everybody feels around the city. "If I don't come back the way I was last year, I'm going to be very upset with myself. I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself first right now. I'm not thinking about re-signing here, not re-signing here. I'm just thinking about getting back on the court and taking care of business."
Still, Jennings mentioned the escalating salaries at media day. Not that it was jealousy. It was more a reminder of what the injury could cost him. The talk with Gores was welcome. "Yeah, especially during the time of when I was injured, and to hear what he had to say to me definitely opened up my eyes and just really helped me through a lot of stuff I was going through," Jennings said. "Like a father-son type talk. It was some good things that were said, and he definitely gave me a different perspective on things I need to work on and what I need to come back and do."
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UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
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“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
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Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“