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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Nonetheless, while the Knicks primarily were focused on the Rose deal, they also discussed a potential Courtney Lee trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Like all other 29 teams at the trade deadline, the Knicks had been seeking draft picks or players who fit their long-term vision for the team in any deal for Brandon Jennings, Kyle O’Quinn or Lee.
Ian Begley: The Clippers had recently shown interest in Knicks SG Courtney Lee but one team that had been in touch with the Knicks didn’t get the impression that Lee would be moved. Another team in contact with NYK said the club is looking for a first-round pick – just like every other team – and had discussed packaging Kyle O’Quinn and Brandon Jennings together in a deal.
Knicks veterans Kyle O’Quinn and Brandon Jennings also have received interest from opposing teams, sources say.
The Knicks may go in a different direction at the deadline with expiring contracts of veteran point guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, who mysteriously sat out the last game prior to the break in Oklahoma. Jennings’ contract is moveable at just $5 million.
Eric Pincus: Interesting but the Magic renounced the rights to Willie Green and Jeremy Richardson to make the Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova deal. @BBallInsiders
Eric Pincus: I need to verify – but guessing the Magic also renounced their Moe Harkless TPE to get under the cap, along with Richardson/Green @BBallInsiders
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
Eric Pincus: If my take is correct, the Magic would be able to package say Brandon Jennings and Channing Frye at $16.5 mil in outgoing salary, if ORL under cap. The only “cost” for ORL to get under the cap would have been the rights to Willie Green, Jeremy Richardson and the remaining Mo Harkless TPE
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.”
Detroit Pistons: OFFICIAL: #Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris in exchange for Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova. Welcome Tobias!
Orlando Magic: TRADE ALERT: We have acquired Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova from the @DetroitPistons for Tobias Harris.
Reggie Jackson: Wish Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova the best in Orlando. Teammates only a short time but y’all was real #funtimes #toomanylaughs
Reggie Jackson: Detroit, give a warm welcome from the cold D to @Tobias Harris. Welcome to the squad bro #Pistons #Detroitveverybody
The Detroit Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova, a source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Tuesday.
Sam Amick: No other pieces in deal, I’m told. Pistons-Magic finalizing deal to send Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova to Orlando & Tobias Harris to Det
Marc Stein: Regarding his looming trade to Detroit, Tobias Harris tells ESPN’s Chris Broussard: “I’m ready to make the playoffs.”
Sam Amick: The talks were reported by @Michael Scotto. Nothing done, but seeming likely at this point.
Marc J. Spears: Pistons finalizing deal to send Tobias Harris from Magic for Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova, source told Yahoo. @Michael Scotto reported 1st
Chris Broussard: Source: Orlando trades Tobias Harris to Detroit for Brandon Jennings @ Ersan Ilyasova
Frank Isola: FYI: Scott Skiles coached both Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova in Milwaukee.
New York was also monitoring Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings in recent weeks, so it would surprise no one if they discussed a potential deal for Jennings with the Pistons in the coming days.
Houston’s Ty Lawson has been a bust with the Houston Rockets but perhaps he can turn his career and the Knicks season around over the last 27 games. Ditto for Brandon Jennings, who is also on the Knicks radar.
The Knicks have also been monitoring the play of Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who returned from an Achillies injury in late December, sources say.
Another player who could be dealt is Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who has shown he is healthy after Achilles’ surgery and perhaps ready for a starting role. That won’t happen with the Pistons as Reggie Jackson is locked in as the starting point guard. Jennings has an expiring $8.3 million contract, the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Bucks.
The report, by Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com citing an anonymous NBA source, states Jennings could “very well end up in Brooklyn” in a trade that would send Nets power forward Thaddeus Young to Detroit. “I got my email today from (general manager) Jeff (Bower) with all the discussions that have gone on, and there was no mention of Brooklyn and no mention of Brandon in any of it,” Van Gundy said. “But hey, with the way you guys make (expletive) up this time of the year, it’s always interesting to me to find out stuff that you guys know we’re talking about that we don’t know we’re talking about. I find it interesting and amusing.”
“I read it. I thought it was funny,” Van Gundy said. “I read some stuff. I don’t read everything. I don’t really read much of what you write about us, but I read all the rumor stuff nationally. Not everyday – I don’t have time – but I’ll go on and I’ll look. It’s always funny. And you guys know it too — 99.9 percent of the stuff that’s out there will never happen. Mostly because 98 percent of it’s just made up. It’s just made up.”
“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.”
Of course, as one league source said, “if the Pistons were willing to give the Nets their 2016 and 2017 first round picks…” Or perhaps, there have been talks but not involving Young. Stay tuned.
Brandon Jennings could very well end up in Brooklyn two weeks from now in a trade that would send Thaddeus Young to the Detroit Pistons, sources tell SheridanHoops.com. There are several teams looking to acquire Jennings, who has been a starter most of his career but is currently stuck behind Reggie Jackson on Detroit’s depth chart. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Nets may need to give the Pistons an additional player, the source said, adding that the back end of the trade would be where the Nets could outbid another team. Detroit has Steve Blake to plug in behind Jackson in the playoffs, but Blake is on an expiring contract. Shane Larkin, who has a $1.5 million player option for next season, could be added to the trade.
The extra player, and the fact that only Reggie Jackson has a guaranteed contract for next season among Pistons point guards, has created an atmosphere in which the team presumably would entertain trade offers. Don’t be surprised if they don’t act, president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday. “I think there’s a very good chance that we don’t move any of those guys before the trade deadline,” Van Gundy said.
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.”
“I just scroll down and keep looking,” Jennings said with a smile about questions on Twitter. “I just laugh. I’ve been laughing a whole lot … .”
Underachieving Houston and dead-in-the-water Phoenix are seen as prime landing spots for Detroit’s Brandon Jennings, if either team wants to take the chance on dealing for a player who will be an unrestricted free agent in July.
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.”
Just as many folks in Detroit won’t want to see a trade happen — including Jennings, when asked whether he thinks he will finish the season here. “We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t know. I hope so. So we’ll see.”
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.”
“Our plan, right now, is that Brandon can help us make a playoff push, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Van Gundy said. “That’s our plan right now. If something happens in the next five weeks, we’ll look at it. But right now, he’s a very good player who can help us, and that’s the only way we’re looking at him.”
The Knicks have Pistons backup point guard Brandon Jennings, a free agent this summer, on their radar, but that would require a complicated trade. Point guard Jose Calderon has been erratic and, after a red-hot start to the season, backup Galloway has cooled.
Detroit’s Brandon Jennings is also on the Knicks’ radar, but the club wasn’t impressed with what they saw from Jennings during Detroit’s loss to the Knicks on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with their thinking.
And that’s where Jennings re-enters the picture. The Knicks, according to a source, have interest in several point guards including Jennings, who finally returned to the lineup after rupturing his left Achilles tendon nearly 11 months ago. That’s a red flag right there. Jennings went 2-for-4 with seven points and four assists in 17 minutes in his season debut.
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.’’
Jennings is now a backup with an expiring contract. That makes him very attractive and expendable. The Knicks don’t have a first-round pick, so they won’t find an answer at point guard in the June draft. Jerian Grant, who is currently Derek Fisher’s third-string point guard, isn’t quite ready and who knows if he’ll ever be more than a solid backup.
“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.
“Until he’s back on the court and playing, there’s nothing to even talk about,” Van Gundy said. “My preference is, that when he’s fully healthy, he’s able to help us. That’s my preference. I’ve even talked to him about a vision going forward where he helps us even beyond this. But right now, we’re just trying to get him back.”
One point guard available now is Detroit’s backup Brandon Jennings. He’s returning from an Achilles tear and could make his season debut this month. Sources indicated most teams would wait until Jennings plays a few games because of the nastiness of Achilles injuries.
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September 25, 2021 | 1:42 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: “I talked to Rich Paul, and Rich Paul was the one who told me, ‘We want out. We want out. And we’ll go to whatever degree we have to go to in order to get out. We want to be anywhere but in Philadelphia.'” – @RealJayWilliams (Via ESPN | h/t Bleacher Report) pic.twitter.com/8TzNQQi1LB
September 25, 2021 | 1:01 pm EDT Update
The core leaders on the 76ers — such as Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle — and most of the team were set to take a jet to see Simmons before being turned away, sources said. Multiple sources said Simmons didn’t want his teammates, some of whom he considers friends, to make the Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles commute out of courtesy because he won’t change his mind on wanting a trade.
The 76ers’ training camp begins this upcoming week, with Media Day on Monday. Simmons has mentally checked out as a member of the 76ers, sources said, meaning whether or not he ever appears in Philadelphia this season the organization may never again receive the same dedicated player.
So far, the 76ers have not received an offer they deem enough to move Simmons and the franchise has wanted Simmons back to rejoin an Eastern Conference contender. Philadelphia has no trade imminent, although teams are calling, according to sources. Simmons has four years and $147 million left on his max contract.
September 25, 2021 | 12:12 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Sachin Gupta wants Ben Simmons. The same hurdles remain, but can he now be more creative on three-team scenarios? That still seems to be the key. But make not mistake: Gupta is all in on acquiring Ben Simmons.