Brandon Jennings is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and one team that definitely will be in the bidding war for the point guard will be the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks were interested in dealing for Jennings before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, but ultimately didn’t have anything worthwhile to offer in return for the 23-year-old.
According to Alex Kennedy, of Hoopsworld, Jennings would love to play for Dallas:
“Who wouldn’t want to play in an environment like this every night? You’ve got an owner who’s so into his team and everything like that. Every time you see the Mavs, you see him cheering or going crazy. They won a championship. They’re about winning.”
The Mavericks missed out on Deron Williams, among other big-time free agents last summer, but with Dirk Nowitzki’s patience running low, Mark Cuban needs to bring in something that will help the Mavs return to the spotlight.
Jennings is not your typical star player that is good enough to build a franchise around, but he is still a solid player.
The interest seems to be mutual, but the Bucks retain the right to match any offer that Jennings gets this summer, ultimately holding the right to keep him in Milwaukee.
With a bunch of 1-year contracts, the Mavericks will have a significant amount of cap space and could offer a so called poison-pill contract to Jennings, making it hard for the Bucks to justify matching the offer. The Houston Rockets are a great example of this, as they landed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, by offering them more money than their former teams were willing to commit.
Regardless of what happens, we have a very interesting summer to look forward to.