Detroit Pistons Acquire Brandon Jennings
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to send point guard Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons in a sign-and-trade deal that will land them third-year point guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravstov, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Jennings will receive a three-year, $24 million contract from the Pistons as part of the deal, thereby ending what was one of the more bizarre situations in the latest round of NBA free agency. Jennings, who was a restricted free agent, had seen the market dry up around him in recent weeks but will now join a Pistons team that made a splash early this month by adding then-free agent forward Josh Smith and is attempting to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Knight was taken eighth overall by Detroit in the 2011 draft out of Kentucky, then averaged 13.1 points (41% shooting), 3.9 assists, 2.7 turnovers, and 31.9 minutes per game in his first two seasons. Kravstov saw limited time as a rookie in 25 games with the Pistons, while Middleton (a second-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2012) became a regular contributor late in his rookie season.
Yahoo! Sports first reported the agreement.