Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  92 responses

Brandon Jennings Thinking About Playing in a Bigger Market

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Brandon Jennings is having the best season of his NBA career, but the 22-year old Milwaukee Bucks point guard is doing it in relative obscurity.

As a result, Jennings says that he’s considering the possibility of signing with a bigger market team once his rookie deal expires.

Jennings claims that he’s very happy with the situation in Milwaukee, but as a business man, he’s gotta seriously evaluate what opportunities exist elsewhere.

Reports ESPN:

“I am going to keep my options open, knowing that the time is coming up,” Jennings said. “I’m doing my homework on big market teams.” Jennings, 22, is in his third NBA season and will be eligible to sign a long-term contract extension with Milwaukee this summer. While he has not established himself as an All-Star or maximum-salaried player, he’s led the Bucks in scoring the past two seasons and currently has them in playoff contention despite the loss of center Andrew Bogut to injury. [...] “I’m not saying I won’t (sign an extension with the Bucks) and I’m not saying I will,” he said. “I’m just keeping my options open.”

“When you start seeing other players like Dwight Howard or CP3, you start thinking,” said Jennings. [...] “It has nothing to do with the city of Milwaukee or anything like that because that’s where I started my career,” Jennings said. “They’ve been nothing but good to me. (Coach) Scott Skiles and (general manager) John Hammond have been good to me. It’s just that I’m understanding the business of basketball now.”

Brandon Jennings didn’t achieve his dream of making the All-Star team this season, which might be part of his anxiety about playing in such a small market.

The new CBA makes it so that Milwaukee can offer Brandon Jennings the most money with his next contract, but they’ll have to work extra-hard to convince him that it’s the place for him to continue with his basketball career.

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  • AL

    Brandon Jennings is the MOST underrated player in the NBA today… one of the fastest guys out there .

  • marc

    You can see this both ways. If he goes to a big market team he’s going to have to take a backseat to somebody but might have a chance at a ring. But if he stays in Milwaukee he’s going to be the star there but won’t really have a chance at a ring. I see it as if you play outstanding in Milwaukee or anywhere it won’t go unnoticed.

  • t-sizzle

    it’s not that he wants the ring. he just wants national spotlight so that he can be an all-star. honestly, that is kind of disappointing to me, because his focus should be on playing better, playing more consistent. even in a big market, there will be no guarantee he will perform well, depending on his teammates. he might (or might not) have been snubbed this year, but this kind of mentality needs to change.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    “AAU-ization” of the NBA. (i) Play with a team where you learn and develop or (ii) play with a team where you can travel for free, play high profile events and get exposure.

  • T-Money

    (iii) play with a team where you can travel for free, play high profile events, get exposure, learn and develop. / seriously, people should stop using tired old clichés and actually THINK. the skill level in the nba is tremendous right now. most guys over 6’9 barely knew how to dribble and shoot before the 90s. shooting was NOT better in the early 90s and the 80s – it was worse.

  • riz

    Small market teams seemed like they gained nothing from the lockout, maybe I don’t know everything that was in the paper work, but it seems like nothing was done to actually protect the product they put on the floor. I can’t knock a player for going for the big market appeal, its just discouraging when you live in a small market area.

  • T-Money

    when jennings says bigger market… what he really mean is cooler city. his favourite spot in the nba is toronto – which is the 4th biggest city in north america but not a big nba market. he also said numerous times that he loves atlanta – again, not a big nba market. dude is just bored to death in milwaukee.

  • T-Money

    riz: it’s not about the size of the market but how desirable the city is. miami, phoenix and orlando are not big markets but never have problems signing guys – nba players want to live there. sh-tty cities have 3 ways to get better: 1- draft well. 2- trade well. 3- convince your key guys to re-up by having a plan. dipping in the free agent market for premium talent is just never an option, not even for okc, san antonio or utah. there is nothing that is going to change that short of banning free agency (and the nbapa would take the nba to court over that).

  • T-Money

    and before you say that love, durant, westbrook, rose are not like that, all they did was re-up on their rookie deals. everybody does that… bron, cp3, melo, bosh, amare, dwight all did that. the real test is if you can keep your star after his 7th or 8th year. so all in all, unless you really mess up (and even the wolves didn’t mess up enough), a small market team gets to keep its superstar for at least 7 years – what’s not fair about that?

  • Will Lee

    why NBA stars like to play in big cities when they travel most of the time anyways? They could still live in the coolest condo in Milwaukee and have girls in for house parties also

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Please come to LA and replace Derek I need more icey hot Fisher! Then again he probably wouldn’t pass much so never mind.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Make Milwaukee a big market yourself.

  • Ev

    All this ‘bigger market team’ stuff is getting really really old. Your already a millionaire why do you care about another million. Whoever on here said that all he wants to be is an allstar is completely right. People like Brandon Jennings are the reasons why people in basketball are caring more and more about money than winning

  • T-Money

    ev: why do you feel so comfortable telling other people to leave money on the table?

  • the only bigger market that would want him would be toronto. No one wants a pg who just chucks all the time, and most of the time he has a broken jumper

  • T-Money

    LA would take him yesterday.

  • waka2hehe

    after kobe retire
    here comes jennings with yellow purple jersey!

  • shutup

    Its not about the money of a bigger market, its harder to make an all-star team in the smaller markets, he should have made it this year, and who is anyone to tell this man what his dreams should be. Maybe one of his life goals is to be an all-star, thats what it sounded like to me, btw who was the last all-star to come outta Milwaukee? Ray Allen forever ago? maybe Vin Baker?

  • floe

    please bring jennings to toronto. calderon makes me sad everytime i watch him play.

  • DerekG

    He needs to think about playing well consistently. Dude has been in the L for 2 and a piece seasons, one of which was a bust, and he’s talking about a “bigger market”. I’m sure we can all name at least 5 pg’s better than him right now and we don’t even have to try to do that!

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I don’t see that being on a different team would’ve made him an all-star. 19ppg and 5apg on a losing team.

  • Ldub

    Agreed with shutup. Too many people look down upon players for making moves for personal reasons. But isnt that what society has taught us to do? People working 9-5 upgrade to better jobs because of the opportunity it brings no? People will pick up their entire families and move to LA/Hollywood for a “dream”. Why is Jennings’ situation any different? Athletes are people first and ball players 2nd! Even if BJ3 never wins a ring….Moving out of the green and red to almost any team will give him more opportunity to do things he wants/desires/dreams to do. Its business, point blank!

  • l2ising Phoenix

    @Ldub, great point.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Not THIS sh*t again…
    Although I don’t blame him, Milwaukee is wack.

  • Kraw

    These small markets won’t see any benefits until next year. With that said, I think stars will take less money to leave a city that they don’t enjoy and have serious doubts about chip chances and little faith in front office management. And yeah, No one outside of Lebron and KD right now.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Agree with Spaceship Jay.

  • bull22

    learn from your counterpart aaron rodgers and stay and be patient. wisconsin fans are excellent fans to have backing you.

  • Ldub

    @spacejam jay….not that easy bro. Look at OKC. People can argue that “Durant” made that a marketable city. BUUUT you cant do it alone. He need Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka etc. Other than Bogut, who has good/decent market value for the Bucks? They need some more studs on BJ’s level to enhance that city. Nobody has made a city marketable by themselves.

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  • Mike From Spain

    Well, I don’t blame Brandon Jennings. I don’t like his playing style, but everyone has a right to get a better deal for whatever reasons ($$$, better city, go to hometown, win, etc)

  • robb

    He’s a great talent and he has all the right in the world to do what he thinks it’s best for him, but I’m not sure this was the best time for him to express his feelings.

  • Ldub

    @bull22…Rodgers situation is way different. GreenBay has been beast for years with Favre and then transfrd to Rodgers. He only had to live up to being on Favres level (which is huge shoes to fill). Plus football fans are way different than bball fans. Its not like Jennings is filling the shoes of a PG or leader before him. He came to a lowsy team and they are better but still no where near contender status.

  • bull22

    @ldub, true. the bucks were at the bottom of the rung before he came lol.

  • bnets

    sounds like melo

  • startown

    He is using himself in the same sentence as Dwight Howard? Wow, he is good, but not even a top 20 player. There are quite a few scoring point guards out there right now, and there will be more coming up in the draft, so his ability and value are nothing unique.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/02/brandon-jennings-thinking-about-playing-in-a-bigger-market/ Michael Herrera

    -TOO many ppl think he’s a superstar cuz of that 50 point game, he’s got talent but 2 inconsistent (I see his fantasy owners nodding)
    -If he goes 2 a bigger market he will be chewed apart, in Milwakee he shoots 40% & it’s not a big deal, in a big market it will be

  • bull22

    before you know it this will be a six team league with only chicago,miami,boston,new york,los angeles and philadelphia playing for championships. its ridiculous how this gangrene that lebron is spreading
    is affecting some of the players this year.. its a shame that no one can stay put and make this interesting like when the dream team was playing with their respective teams.

  • bull22

    before you know it this will be a six team league with only chicago,miami,boston,new york,los angeles and philadelphia playing for championships. its ridiculous how this gangrene that lebron is spreading
    is affecting some of the players this year.. its a shame that no one can stay put and make this interesting like when the dream team was playing with their respective teams.

  • Nella

    He’s just butthurt from the ASG snub – he’ll calm down in a minute.

  • Likemike

    blame it on lebron lol

  • http://sfklf.com Jukai

    Brandon Jennings shouldn’t just leave, the league should f’in make the Bucks vanish.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com truth serum

    the market really doesnt matter when you’re winning

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Word to truth serum. Jennings can’t control Bogut’s health, but there are some pretty solid pieces in Milwaukee. They beat the Heat twice right? From what I saw it was due to consistent defense and tempo control. It is also forgotten that he almost eliminated the Hawks on his own. I think he should do his best to stay patient and consistent.

  • LA Huey

    You mean to tell me a kid from Compton doesn’t want to have a residence in Milwaukee? Shocking.

  • http://slamonline house

    I love watching Jennings play, he has guts and swag and doesn’t appear to back down from anyone.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    There used to be six teams in the League.
    And I’m surprised dude said this out loud. You know people got inferiority complexes. Should have kept these thoughts to himself.

  • -MAS-

    Send Melo to the Bucks for BJ! Come on! Do it!

  • bull22

    @allenp, i know there used to be six teams stupid… thats why i said it because of all these whiners that want to play in bigger markets, thanks for reminding me what an idiot you are, considering you write stories for some
    country paper in minnesota.

  • Red

    BJ just sucks, doesn’t matter where he goes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Man Brandon Jennings and Bull22 share the same affinity for intelligent comments.

  • bull22

    @nbk you and allenp are like clockwork, one appears and the other one is behind him with this tag teaming bs, be a man little boy. its a shame iam not young enough to be in class with you bozos.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Uhh.. I think he was surprised Brandon Jennings said that out loud.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    bull22 it’s a share that your older than them and still in middle school… but whatever.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Do you even attempt to use your brain when you comment? I wasn’t even referring to the comment you posted to Allen. I was talking about your 11:59 Gem which illustrated your completely and utter inability to think rationally about the difference between basketball and football in America. Allen can tell you how stupid you are on his own, I am not getting involved in your stupid little emotional response, like he called you out or something. smh

  • bull22

    @nbk you wish it was emotional. but its okay i must mean some to you two
    clowns, because whenever i appear all three of you appear, LOL. please sirs continue to follow me because thats what you do..

  • bull22

    i found it hilarious how mario punked you good a few days ago and you could not comeup with a response.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol you little narcissist. When you appear all three of us appear? If you haven’t realized, I comment on just about every article. None of it has anything to do with you.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually Mario told me to comment like a man, while saying it like a child. SO i said maybe practice what you preach, and he never came back. But either way, either ways fine.

  • ab40

    Nick van Exel 2.0 Lakers anyone?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, I used to work for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star tribune. That’s in St. Paul, the state capital and Minneapolis, the largest city in the state.
    Now I work for the Times Picayune in New Orleans. You gotta get better at using Google man.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And, in case Bull22 was confused.
    I thought Brandon Jennings was silly for making his comment out loud. You don’t tell people in the small midwestern city where you work that you’d rather live and work somewhere else. Or that you’re even considering it. They are going to feel insulted particularly since there is already the belief that small market teams can’t keep their stars away from the bright lights and their buddies.
    Of course, this isn’t really true, but hey, most of what people believe isn’t true.

  • shutup

    @Allen did you ever consider NBK’s theory about maybe it wasnt Jennings who said this maybe his agent released it anonymously through Jennings mouth to stir up the trade discussions so he could get more offers?? Other than that obv this was in response to him feeling like he doesnt get enough recognition, evident in his all-star snub if he attributes that to playing in a small market it was an emotional response and yeah maybe he should of kept it to himself but you gotta admire his passion for the game(I’m not saying he shoulda been an all-star but a case can be made)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    what an idiot.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    This reeks of “I want to go home” and play with Kobe/7 footers.

  • bull22

    well knick fans, jeremy lin can take a big step to bigger stages if he can slice up that laker defense, but to the kid’s defense i want to see how he does when amare and carmelo are both back.

  • Jer Dawg

    Lakers haven’t had a true point guard since, well, Nick Van Exel? Or a super skilled one at that. Geez, what is that? Since 1996 or 1997?
    Sedale Threatt was one of the best during those crap years of Lakers.
    thanks for nothing Magic. Set the bar so high everyone else sucked.
    BUT, Come back to Los Angeles, Brandon!! Bring that high-flying Demar DeRozen with you, too. Compton running thangs!

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    dude said he business man …then why dont u go crunch some numbers fool an leave the balling for cats who love the game

  • LA Huey

    How is Nick Van Exel anymore of a “true point guard” than Gary Payton?

  • iknowmybasketball

    if toronto was smart, they would pull the trigger and fire options left and right for jennings. in that way, jennings gets to play with his compton buddy demar derozan, which will keep derozan happy to sign as they hopefully can rally and save the drought in toronto. man would that ever be a story!

  • http://twitter.com/KingAkai Alpha-bet

    Who ever agent came up with the term Small Market Team come up with the ultimate cop-out.
    Milwaukee has a bigger city by population than Miami and Atlanta, 2 major free agent attractions.

    San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the country…Memphis is a bigger city than Boston..

    Small Market Team is nice way to say, “I Just don’t like the lame a** city I’m playing in.”

  • BBaller

    Does “understanding the business of BBall now” translate into now i made my millions i can pick and choose. I bet he was pretty happy to go to any NBA team at first…think back to when you were 12 or so Jennings. Millions of people would love to be where you are at, don’t take it for granted.

  • LeBryanNash

    RELAX hes just mad about not making the All Stars this year, chill brooo

  • jpm34

    I agree TOTALLY w Alpha-Bet.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The market is referring to media. It’s a media market. Not population.

  • bdogg

    yeah brandon…come home to LA..i will be very happy with that!! make it happen!!! number 3 in purple and gold..that will be nice!!

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i dont want “Mr. 24 shots, 24 points. 17 shots, 17 points”, on my team. we already have kobe. one chucker is enough

  • flipnoyce

    Milwaukee is a boring ass city. I live about 20 minutes from the city and all there is in between are farms. Move here from Boston last year and I am bummed out.It so boring as hell. I don’t blame Jennings from wanting to get out. Milwaukee is not a basketball city. Kids here would rather play football than bball. The only time the city is jumpin is on the fourth of July A.K.A Summer Fest!!! All I can say is wherever you go East or West you’re going to have a hard time making the Allstar. It’s probably the main reason why DWill move out East because he had a hard time making it out west. I bet he won’t even think about this if he has a teammate like Durant because Oklahoma is not that much bigger of a market.

  • sinjun

    surround yourself with some better players in Mil.

  • Shem

    Who would honestly want to play for Milwaukee? Forget how big the market is, Milwaukee is probably the worst city in North America. Move this team. At least small market teams like NJ (Brooklyn), Toronto, Detroit, New Orleans are good cities. Milwaukee is hopeless.

  • Ldub

    ^shoot I would! NBA contract in any team would be OKAY with me! Get your feet wet in the NBA then make moves later….just like BJ is trying to do now. I dont see him playing out his career in a Bucks uni. But then i cant really see him playing anywhere else. Every team has a decent PG (minus the lakers)…but his style is almost perfect for the Bucks, because he has the green light. Anywhere else, he wouldnt really have that. (maybe im just tired and cant think of all the teams and their rosters)? idk

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Stated all summer Brandon will be an All Star, he got robbed. BOOK IT!!

  • Shem

    I could see Brandon Jennings playing for Toronto or Atlanta, mainly Toronto. He’s mentioned several times how much he loves the city, his childhood bestfriend who he played AAU ball with since the age of 10 plays there and the Raptors would certainly overpay. They have a big market as well so I could see it happening.

  • byebye

    ask your self how many teams in the nba have more than 1 championship la boston chicago minnesota detroit san antonio ny and houston now which of those teams are small markets and which can sustain in the future of the nba minnesota wont we all know that plus back in the old days the players didnt have the power they have now

  • Tim

    Quote: Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith: “It`s easy to score a lot of points on a bad team.”

    Derek Rose shut him straight down last week. He shoots more than Kobe. Mo Williams, Raymond Sessions, and Mike Redd also shot a lot, no winning but huge contracts.

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  • asylum777

    If Bogut wasn’t constantly going down with injuries, I put my money on it Jennings may just stick around? Bogut would have been there next All Star if he hadn’t had so much bad luck. Two of them would have formed a strong nucleus for the next few years wouldn’t you agree?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ..yeah i don’t want Jennings I want a PG with a decent passing skills

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  • kev

    One half way decent season does not make you an all-star! It has nothing to do with the market you play in. If you keep shinning people will eventually notice. Jennings obviously has his focus on the wrong things and this cry baby act is no good for the fans of Milwaukee. How about making some noise in the playoffs when the games really count! Shut your mouth about thinking your an all-star and just prove it!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nAI7ShBQEk&feature=related Teddy-the-Bear

    A Brandon Jennings/Demar DeRozan backcourt in Toronto?? Make it happen, Colangelo!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nAI7ShBQEk&feature=related Teddy-the-Bear

    And Jennings does have a point… Bogut should have been an All-Star multiple years by now. Maybe it’s a Milwaukee thing.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Why does every dude have to lay out his future plans in the media. I know they get asked and all that but just say “im keeping my options open”.