Brandon Jennings wants to extend his stay at Madison Square Garden. The mercurial point guard has expressed his desire to sign a long-term deal with the New York Knicks.
In a recent Twitter post that has since been deleted, Jennings blatantly revealed his plans for the summer of 2017. It can be remembered that the 6-foot-1 playmaker inked a one-year, $5 million contract with the Knicks early in the offseason.
“I plan on staying,” he tweeted. “It’s nothing like being a knick I feel the energy already!”
Knicks president Phil Jackson took a gamble on the former Milwaukee Bucks star because of his penchant for scoring. The 27-year-old Compton native will be tasked to provide firepower off the bench for the Knicks next season.
Jennings has a reputation for being an inconsistent scorer. He can explode or implode on any given night.
During his rookie season in 2009, he dropped 55 points on the Golden State Warriors after a scoreless first quarter. His scoring exhibition broke the team record for most points by a rookie set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then Lew Alcindor, in 1970.
A mediocre stint with Detroit Pistons and a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2015 diminished his free agency value heading into the summer of 2016. In New York, he won’t have to carry a team like he used to. Instead, Jackson has challenged him to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award next season.
Maxwell Ogden of Daily Knicks believes Jennings will have a solid season if he manages to stay healthy. Opposing defenses will primarily focus on Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. As a result, players like Jennings and Courtney Lee will have more open looks to the basket.
“One thing Melo told me is just play my game, just be the same player, just be who I am,” said Jennings, via New York Post. “If Derrick doesn’t play, I’ll probably start and I’ve got to be ready.”