NBA Rumor: Brandon Jennings Trade?

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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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Eric Pincus: In theory, if the Magic acquire Ilyasova/Jennings while under cap, either can be packaged in an additional trade with others. If the Magic had acquired Jennings/Ilyasova over the cap – can’t re-trade in a package tomorrow – added flexibility? I need to do further research, but that’s my interpretation as to why Green and Richardson were renounced. As far as trade math – no reason Magic needed to get under – as Harris for Jennings/Ilyasova is a natural match at $16 mil & $16.2 mil @BBallInsiders

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova. “We are pleased to welcome Tobias Harris to our organization,” said Jeff Bower, General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. “Tobias adds good versatility as a ball handler and scorer who can play both forward positions. He also has good experience for a young player and will fit well with the young core we have assembled on our roster. We appreciate the contributions made by Brandon and Ersan to our organization and wish them well moving forward.”

The Orlando Magic have acquired guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Tobias Harris, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. “Brandon (Jennings) and Ersan (Ilyasova) are two veterans that will help balance our roster and provide valuable experience to our team,” said Hennigan. “Both players bring scoring, competitiveness and added depth to our roster. We want to thank Tobias (Harris) for his contributions, both on and off the court.”

“There are a lot of things that would fit financially,” he said. “I could just go through the salary book and find a lot of things that just fits. Of course, we would have to be looking to trade Brandon and second, we’d have to have discussions with another team, I would think. But that’s OK – it’s fun this time of the year. We’ve got a couple more weeks of that, and I’m sure somebody in this group will make up something tonight that will be fun to read.”

They want to know whether he ever will get back in the Pistons’ starting lineup. “Those are the only questions I get,” Jennings said at the practice facility. “I’m sure you guys heard the trade rumors. All I get is Knicks feed in my Twitter mentions. But it’s kinda like, all right, you know we just won last night. How about our game, how about this person played badly, this person played good? “I’m just getting all types of questions that have nothing to do with how I feel or how am I playing.”

Blake Harris: #Knicks building chemistry and cohesion, but still think Brandon Jennings would bring explosiveness. What you think it takes? Steve Kyler: Was told recently Pistons view him as more valuable for a playoff push than anything they can get in trade. Pistons do not want any money that eats into their 2016 space, so whats an ending deal that makes Detroit better? Right now the Pistons do not believe there is anything out there that makes them better than having Jennings.

The Pistons have tied their future to Jackson, who has emerged as a top-10 point guard in his first season as a full-time NBA starter, averaging 19.7 points and 6.4 assists. But Stan Van Gundy sees room for both – certainly for the remainder of this season, as Jennings ramps up to a more substantial role, and even beyond. “Our plan right now is that Brandon can help us make a playoff push,” Van Gundy said. “That’s our plan right now. If something changes in the next five weeks” – a reference to the February trade deadline – “then we’ll look at it. But right how he’s a very good player who can help us. And that’s the only way we’re looking at it.”

He hears every trade rumor, of course. New York media have the Knicks salivating over him, though the only obvious players on their roster who fit from a salary perspective in a one-for-one trade for Jennings are two ex-Pistons — Arron Afflalo and Jose Calderon. “I can’t really get away from it because it’s all on my Twitter feed every time I tweet something,” Jennings said. “But it’s rumors. It’s something that I’m not worried about. I just want to play basketball and I’m just blessed to be healthy again.”

There’s obvious interest in a player of Jennings’ level. The Knicks already bypassed him once — in the 2010 draft selecting Jordan Hill. Jennings will be a free agent this July and it’s clear the Pistons are going to war with Reggie Jackson for the next few years. Current backup Steve Blake has played well, too. “I’m not really worried about contracts,’’ Jennings said. “I’m just worried about getting into the flow of basketball. My first game back, hopefully I’ll be blessed to play rest of season with no injuries.’’

“We haven’t one talk with anybody about him,” Van Gundy said. “I just think that people assume that with Reggie (Jackson) here and the way Brandon played last year, I think people just make that assumption. He’s no more or less available than anybody else we have.” Jennings is in the final year of a three-year, $24 million contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. A starting point guard by trade, he averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists while starting in 41 games last season before the Achilles tear.
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