The “Detroit Free-Press,” reported late Tuesday night that the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons are nearing completion on a deal that will send Brandon Jennings to the “Motor City,” in return for Pistons starting point guard Brandon Knight and two big men entering their second season in the Association. According to the paper’s sources, Milwaukee will sign their restricted Free Agent to a multi-year pact and then send him to Detroit in exchange for Knight, small forward Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov.
Jennings came to national attention when he decided to play in Italy after high-school rather than spending the year in the NCAA. He was selected by Milwaukee with the tenth pick of the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. Milwaukee had made an offer to their guard before this past season, rejected by the player and his agent.
The Pistons brain-trust are hoping that Jennings along with small forward Josh Smith, who they signed earlier in the month will help the franchise accelerate their growth-curve, along with their promising big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Jennings will also be able to learn from two of the best point-guards in the history of the Association, in teammate Chauncey Billups as well as new Detroit bench boss Maurice Cheeks.
Knight, who has shown talent as he enters his third NBA campaign will most likely team-up with Milwaukee’s Free Agent acquisition O.J. Mayo, as the starting back-court for the rebuilding Bucks. The squad also will have a new head coach as Larry Drew will run the team on the floor after being dismissed by the Atlanta Hawks.