The Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed in principle on a sign-and-trade which will send Brandon Jennings to the Pistons, according to reports from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN’s Marc Stein. The point guard’s new contract is good for three-years, $24 million. In exchange for Jennings, the Bucks will receive Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov.
The 23-year-old spent his first four seasons in the NBA with the Bucks, and holds career averages of 17.0 points, 5.7 assists and 1.5 steals. Jennings helped guide Milwaukee to the playoffs in two of the last four years, but was unable to bring them out of the first round either time.
Knight, a point guard who was drafted 8th overall by the Pistons in 2011, certainly has a bright future ahead. While still improving, he averaged 13.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 40.7% from the field. Forward Khris Middleton will be entering his second year in the league. He averaged 6.1 points in a little over 17 minutes per game last season, appearing in 27 total games. The last piece headed to Milwaukee is center Slava Kravtsov. The 25-year-old was also a rookie last season, playing in 25 games while averaging 3.1 points in almost 9 minutes per game.
The Pistons have already had a busy offseason. They signed Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract just a few weeks ago. Chauncey Billups has also reunited with his former team, and signed a two-year contract to come back to Detroit.
Already with talented big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Detroit will be putting out an exciting product on the court next season. Expect the team which was able to manage just 29 wins a season ago, to come back a lot stronger in 2014.