Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 12:42 pm  |  43 responses

Brandon Jennings Warns Bucks Against Qualifying Offer

Brandon Jennings told Yahoo! he would leave Milwaukee after the ’13-14 season if the Bucks don’t offer a lucrative contract and make changes to the roster and organization this summer: “Point guard Brandon Jennings, a soon-to-be restricted free agent, says if he signs a one-year qualifying offer with Milwaukee this offseason, expect his days with the Bucks to be limited to one season. ‘If I take the qualifying offer and become an [unrestricted] free agent there is no way I am coming back,’ Jennings told Yahoo! Sports on Friday after practice. ‘There is no way.’ Jennings considers Milwaukee a ‘great sports town’ and has enjoyed his time there, but in order to keep him long term, Jennings said the Bucks’ offer must be lucrative and there needs to be changes in the roster and the organization to make it championship caliber. Brandon Jennings expects a big contract and team improvements if the Bucks want to keep him. [...] ‘I just want to win,’ Jennings said. ‘The way I am playing now, I just want to go to a winning team and play like that. I don’t care about being a superstar or being the main guy. I did that [the] first four years. I just want to win and be somewhere where it’s all about winning. I’m not saying the Bucks aren’t about winning. But I think [a title caliber situation] will help me, motivate my game and then you have to perform.’ [...] ‘Everybody says I’m just a shooter, I’m just a scorer,’ Jennings said. ‘But if you go back to my high school days, I’ve always been a pass-first point guard. Now that we got J.J. [Redick], who’s a good scorer, now I’m just looking for options all the time. Basically, I should have been doing what I’ve been doing the last three months. Is it too late? I don’t know. But maybe it’s a good way to start showing what else I can do.’”

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  • MikeC.

    The new luxury tax is going to prevent mid-tier guys from getting superstar contracts. Wait a minute, Detroit has cap room. Ben Gordon pt 2?

  • theDankerNuggets

    going to the Lakers…

  • Peter Walsh


  • uqk

    “The way I am playing now…I don’t care about being a superstar or being the main guy”

    Then take minimum …& let management use the cap for another (real) superstar bench

  • uqk

    scrubs with diva attitude…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    A team cant be championship caliber with you as the starting point, bud.

  • Otis

    Let him go. He is wayyyyy overrated

  • goat

    if brandon is all about the team maybe he should stop beginning each sentence with “I”.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the same lakers who will still be paying Kobe and Nash and most likely Dwight Howard?

  • spit hot fiyah

    2 things stood out to me:

    1. “I don’t care about being a superstar or being the main guy. I did that [the] first four years.” i must have missed his time as a super star

    2. ‘Everybody says I’m just a shooter, I’m just a scorer’
    i’m pretty sure he never been mistakes for a shooter

  • uqk

    why not?….jim buss inherit alot of money

  • uqk

    sub 40% shooter

  • AndyK415

    and takes some of the worst shots in the league

  • uqk

    probably….ben gordon had that game 7 against celtics,
    we’ll have to wait how many games this year bucks vs miami

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    this boy is trip pin

  • Happy

    He said he didn’t care about being a superstar or the main guy. He didn’t say he didn’t care about his money lol. I can’t knock him for wanting as much as he can get, BUT Jennings is not a superstar.

  • lookhere

    why not? they could do what the knicks do with jason kidd, felton, and j.r smith, and just rotate nash and jennings around. it could work, they can also put Kobe in that rotation, take some load off his legs as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    I 2nd that. He’d walk on to the lakers for the minimum

  • theDankerNuggets

    Yes, granted with the current CBA it is less likely, but this is the Lakers we are talking about; the team that has always spent whatever it takes to have a great team. And what they really need right now is youth and athleticism at the point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    You can tell who don’t know ball. Underrated is more like it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    You play too many video games bro.

  • TBRK

    they need to get rid of Nash altogether…dude is lost on the court…too bad D’Antoni would never do it

  • danpowers

    honestly, i like that. its a clear statement. there wont be any back and forth drama about “will he resign with the team? will he test free agency? will there be a sign and trade?” for season(s – e.g. dwightmare). maybe he is overrating himself a little bit but at least we all know whats going to happen if there wont be a nice contract offer by the bucks. and honestly, which big names are they expecting to come to milwaukee? they better give him a nice offer, no max contract tho.

  • playa

    Nice list of demands for a…..right,who is this mysterious superstar player? I can hardly say i know this Jennings guy.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Brandon Jennings was a superstar? When did this happen?

  • roscoe

    Milwaukee is a cool town… Its the birthplace of Harley Davidson.

    Do they have a basketball team?

  • EJ

    If he ends up getting the qualifying offer he’ll probably spend a lot of time on the bench, thanks to this brilliant interview.
    And how do you only care about winning and at the same time demand a lucrative contract?

  • Dagger

    Nash is shooting 50% from the field, 44% from the 3 and 90% from the line while averaging 7 assists. His winshare is virtually identical to Howard’s. He’s not dominating like you thought he might, but he’s hardly lost on the court.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I mean, It’s hard to say Brandon Jennings doesn’t deserve the max. That’s what 13.5 mill a year give or take. You got Roy Hibbert on the max… You got Kris humphries making 12 million a year. Luke walton is making like 6 million. Why not?

  • ATL dynamite

    He is all but ‘just wanting to win’. Let this kid go.

  • Ugh

    Don’t justify dumb decision making by offering examples of dumb decision making.

  • Ugh

    To be fair, he’s in Milwaukee. If he scored 55 points in a rookie game you probably wouldn’t even see the highlights.

  • shockexchange

    Jennings does have a high opinion of himself. However, the theme of a guy threatening to leave because his team (i) cannot realistically compete for a chip or (ii) cannot get anybody from the draft to help them win immediately, is a recurring theme. LeBron, Rent-A-Center, John Wall, etc. have all complained about the same thing. The new CBA won’t change this. Guys will either have to play in obscurity or threaten to jump ship.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I should have worded it differently. Why wouldn’t he expect to be paid the max. When people are making bank all around the league who he are comparable with talent wise.

  • Mack

    If all you cared about was winning you wouldn’t be asking for a big contract, in a small ass market like Milwaukee; the more money you have for your salary the less there is for other good players that you want to come to join you….. forget whether he’s overrated or not because he’s got all-star potential. Just the fact that he wants the big money proves it’s not all about winning for this guy.

  • Caboose

    He was a superstar the night he scored 55 and the day after. That was it.

  • Pais

    Thank you. The kid is nice and would be a valuable addition to a lot of teams. Still a little inconsistent but I’ll give that up to youth. I like to think with a better squad he would improve on his shot selection.

  • Pais

    31pts last night. 63%fg and 55% from deep. Add 10 assists. And guys wanna call him a scrub. He’s putting together a real nice season.

  • RunNGun

    BJ3… future LA Clipper, make it happen, Sterling.

  • LobCity

    I think the Clippers are just fine with CP3 lol

  • roscoe

    You know what? I don’t agree.

    this type of vetting from NBa-ers in small markets is lame imo.

    seriously… enuf is enuf. play out your contract and when you can leave, leave.

    these cats get serious cabbage & they don’t respect the game enuf imo

    they don’t respect the entire league that has given them sooooooo much, imo.

    they don’t respect the fans, and the Milwaukee fans are actually underrated.

    okay… i’m getting off my soapbox now.

  • Lan

    No Dwightmares please.

  • uqk

    31pts, 63%fg, 55% from deep, 10 assists = just 1 game plz, don’t call it real nice season

    18.6 pts, 40%, 38% from deep, 6.7 asst = this season stats