Storyline: Brandon Jennings Free Agency

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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.

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.”
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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: 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.

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.”

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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