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Bucks guard Brandon Jennings is reportedly ready to take his talents elsewhere. Will Milwaukee meet his request and ship him out of town this month?
The Milwaukee Bucks continue to insist that they're not ready to trade Brandon Jennings, and how they're still interested in finding a way to keep the point guard in their uniform for years to come. So how does Mr. Jennings himself feel about this whole arrangement?
Bad enough that the Bucks star has, "irreconcilable differences," with the franchise, according to ESPN.com's Chad Ford.
While the Bucks continue to assert that Jennings could stay in Milwaukee long-term and become the team's franchise player, it appears that the player himself has little interest in that scenario playing out. He's already changed agents this year to put himself in a better position to leave, whether by trade or restricted free agency this summer.
Frustrated that the two sides were unable to work out a contract extension last summer, Jennings appears to be the latest NBA star determined to find greener pastures. Ford says that the guard feels he doesn't get the attention he deserves as a result of playing in Milwaukee, and he'd prefer to display his skills in a bigger market.
With that said, the Bucks still have some leverage here as Jennings is only a restricted free agent this summer. If Milwaukee opts not to trade Jennings before next week's trade deadline, it will be able to match any offer made to the guard during the summer.
SB Nation's Bucks blog, Brew Hoop, asked recently, "Is Jennings the face of the franchise they want going forward, or merely the guy they're stuck with for the next few months?" With reports like this, it's hard to view him as anything but the latter.
Barring a trade, Jennings clearly hopes some team offers a deal so big the Bucks decide it's not worth matching, like the Bulls did with Omer Asik last year for example. Given his up-and-down performance as the lead man in Milwaukee, it remains to be seen if a team like the Magic, Hawks or Mavericks will make that kind of offer.