NBA Trade News: Why New York Knicks Must Gamble With Brandon Jennings
NBA Trade News: The New York Knicks have put together a solid roster this season. But they are still desperate for a quality point guard. Rumor has it that the Knicks have shown interest in Detroit Pistons’ injury-prone PG, Brandon Jennings.Advertisement
Under the Triangle Offense, the effectiveness of the point guard isn’t optimal. But having a scoring guard in the back court can definitely ease some pressure off of Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony. This is why the Knicks ought to consider the proposed trade for Jennings.
Having lost his starting role to Reggie Jackson, Jennings has become a valuable trade bait for the the Detroit Pistons ahead of the deadline. Also, since Jennings is in the last year of his contract, it would make sense for Pistons to find an interested suitor.
Jennings’ start-stop career has been hampered with a multitude of injuries. Earlier this January, Jennings ruptured his Achilles tendon and subsequently underwent a season-ending injury.
According to CSNChicago, Jennings is targeting a December 29 return against the New York Knicks. But it would be difficult for the Pistons to find any quality playing time for the once potential All-Star. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is determined to play Jennings. “I think he’ll play pretty big minutes on Saturday. If he can play minutes there, he can play minutes with us.”
Jennings is also open to playing the D-League before making his NBA return. “There’s about an 80% chance I will be playing in the D-League on Saturday,” Jennings said ahead of Pistons’ game against Boston Celtics Wednesday night. “I don’t care. I just want to play, man. I just want to get out there and hoop and see where it’s at.”
Jennings averages 16.6 points, 6.2 assists and 1.4 steals after being drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009-10. Jennings’ only problem has been efficiency: he is a career 39% shooter – unimpressive numbers when compared to other elite PGs in the league.
NBA Trade News: The Knicks also have interest in Eric Bledsoe. However, Bledsoe has become nearly un-tradeable since the Phoenix Suns have found a solid backcourt tandem in Brandon Knight and Bledsoe. Of course, Ty Lawson is up for grabs, too, but do the Knicks really want to take on his baggage? Remember, Lawson still has pending legal issues to sort out.
You can bet on one thing: The Knicks will land a new point guard before the trade deadline ends. It’s the only piece they need to become legitimate playoff contenders in the East. Stay tuned to this space for NBA Trade News.