NBA PM: Jennings Wants Out of Milwaukee?
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Brandon Jennings Wants Out of Milwaukee?
The Bucks were within reach of the Miami HEAT in Game 4 and some of Jennings’ teammates, including Larry Sanders, were asking head coach Jim Boylan to sub in the star point guard. However, Boylan kept Jennings on the bench for the entire fourth quarter and the Bucks were ultimately swept.
After the game, Jennings was obviously frustrated about the benching, but he also hinted that he was ready to move on from Milwaukee all together. He was asked if he wanted to play for the Bucks anymore, and his response was telling.
“I don’t know,” Jennings told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I can’t answer that.”
Jennings has been upset for much of the season that the Bucks didn’t sign him to an extension earlier in the year. He has also made it clear that he would like to play in a larger market, where he could get more exposure and recognition when it comes to things like All-Star selections, awards and endorsement opportunities.
“This has been a crazy year, one of the craziest years of my life,” Jennings said. “I didn’t get the contract extension before the season started, and I was basically playing for my life. With the coaching change and everything else, it was like a roller coaster.”
The Bucks parted ways with Scott Skiles in January and announced today that Boylan has been relieved of coaching duties as well. Now, the Bucks will begin their search for a new head coach with Stan Van Gundy and Kelvin Sampson being mentioned as their top targets. Hiring a new coach is the first move in what will be a very busy offseason for the team. After finding Boylan’s successor, the Bucks will have decide what to do with Jennings (restricted free agent), Monta Ellis (early termination option) and J.J. Redick (unrestricted free agent).
At the end of the day, the Bucks will determine whether or not Jennings is back with the team next year since he’s restricted. Milwaukee can match any offer that Jennings receives and sources close to the situation say that the Bucks don’t want to lose Jennings to free agency. They’ll likely match the offer sheet that Jennings signs, unless a team throws a ridiculous amount of money at him.
Teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Bobcats will have plenty of money to spend this summer and could pursue Jennings. If one of those teams decides to make him a large offer or strategically structure his contract, they could make this a much more difficult decision for the Bucks.
As for Jennings and his role in this process, don’t be surprised if this situation plays out like Eric Gordon’s restricted free agency with New Orleans. Last offseason, Gordon wanted out of New Orleans and tried to persuade the organization not to match the maximum offer sheet that he signed with the Phoenix Suns. After inking his deal, he released a statement that urged New Orleans not to match.
“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible,” Gordon said. “Mr. [Robert] Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks, the front-office staff and Coach [Alvin] Gentry run a first-class organization and I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now.”
New Orleans ultimately matched Gordon’s offer sheet because teams rarely let assets walk away without receiving some compensation in return. However, if Jennings is unhappy in Milwaukee as his comments suggest, he could try to persuade the franchise to let him go just like Gordon did last summer.
Another option for Jennings is signing for the $4,330,469 qualifying offer from Milwaukee, which would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and walk to the team of his choice. It would also keep the Bucks from trading Jennings next year because he would have the ability to veto any trade. However, signing a one-year deal for the qualifying offer would mean he has to wait one more season before he can sign a long-term deal.
Jennings and the Bucks will have big decisions to make this summer. Both sides have a number of options, and it’ll be interesting to see what they decide to do.
CBS Chicago Encouraging Fans to Pressure Derrick Rose
The Chicago Bulls are currently battling the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. The series is 3-2, and nearly every player on Chicago’s roster is playing with some kind of ailment.
Joakim Noah is hobbling up and down the floor as he plays through plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Taj Gibson has been playing through a knee injury that has limited him. Kirk Hinrich is doing whatever he can to return to the court from a severely bruised left calf that forced him to wear a walking boot. The Bulls haven’t let injuries get in their way and the team is playing through pain.
That is, most of the team has played. Derrick Rose remains sidelined after tearing his ACL during last year’s postseason. Rose was cleared by the team’s doctors several months ago and the former MVP has been participating (and reportedly dominating) in practice. However, he continues to sit on the bench because he’s not ready to make his 2012-13 debut.
This has understandably frustrated many fans in Chicago. When Rose is playing, the Bulls are a much better team and possibly a contender in the Eastern Conference. When Rose isn’t playing, the Bulls must fight to get out of the first round, as we’ve seen.
While fans have expressed their anger on social media sites, CBS Chicago is encouraging disgruntled fans to send their complaints to their website. The best open letters will be published for Rose to (possibly) read:
It’s been over one year since Derrick Rose’s ACL tear and over two months since doctors cleared him to play.
Still, the former MVP of the league refuses to leave his post on the Bulls bench. Meanwhile, the hobbled Bulls continue to fight on against the Nets in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs.
Frustrated? Here’s your chance to express your feelings to Rose.
In the space below, write an open letter to the face of the Bulls franchise. Yell at him, plead with him, convince him – this is your chance to say whatever it is you want to say to Derrick Rose.
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Nobody knows when Rose will return. The team has left the possibility open, just in case he feels ready to play at some point during the playoffs. All of Rose’s teammates want him to return and have voiced their support for him. We want your take on this situation so be sure to vote in the poll below.
Kenneth Faried Wins Citizenship Award
On Wednesday, the NBA announced that Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets has been voted the 2012-13 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.
Faried won the NBA’s “Kia Community Assist Award” for February in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work, including his efforts to champion equality and bring awareness to the importance of respect and inclusion.
Faried, who was raised by two mothers, recently became a member of Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage acceptance of others and end homophobia in sports. In a show of support for equal rights, he attended the launch party for One Colorado to celebrate the passing of Senate Bill 11, The Colorado Civil Union Act.
Faried has also participated in a number of the Nuggets’ community outreach efforts such as purchasing a block of season tickets to be distributed to Special Olympics Colorado, Denver Public Schools and the Denver Rescue Mission. He has also made appearances at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and at a local middle school, where he delivered 44 pairs of sneakers to the basketball team for the upcoming season.
“Kenneth’s commitment to equality and inclusion is praise-worthy,” said Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. “He has reached out to so many areas in need and touched so many different communities in Denver and Colorado that it is only right to celebrate his efforts.”
HOOPSWORLD’s First Consensus Mock Draft
Our first consensus mock draft of the year has been released.
Myself, Steve Kyler, Yannis Koutroupis and Joel Brigham put out our first mock draft and weekly notebook earlier this afternoon.
2013 NBA Draft Early Entrant List
The NBA announced today that 77 players, including 46 players from U.S. colleges and 31 international players, have filed as early entry candidates for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Players wishing to enter the 2013 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 28. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 17.