Brandon Jennings to the Pistons

by | Jul 30, 2013 | 45 comments

Coming from Adrian Wojnarowski who is in the know:

The Detroit Pistons are nearing an agreement to acquire Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Pistons are finalizing a three-year, $24 million contract with Jennings, sources told Y! Sports.

Jennings, 23, averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in 80 games for the Bucks last season. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and spent his first fours seasons with the Bucks.

Jennings is the Pistons’ second big free-agent acquisition of the summer. They earlier signed former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract. Longtime Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups also has returned to Detroit on a two-year contract. Via

No word yet on what Detroit is giving to the Bucks in return.

Another interesting development in what has been an action packed Detroit Pistons summer. Stay tuned!

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Looks like it’s a Brandon for Brandon deal.


  1. Piston_fan_phl

    Ugh no please.

  2. Damien W.

    From what I’m hearing… Brandon Knight is the one that is going to be out of here as a part of a sign-and-trade. Slava and Middleton are going to be out the door as well.

    • dp

      i am not sure that this is a good news for us.

  3. Farid Muhammad

    Yes. its obvious that it will be Brandon Knight…and im a fan of his, but Jennings brings something that we need. he can shot the rock…can break down a defense with his handles…and can go off on any given night… and lets not forget the kid has a flare and is an exciting player… Knight has the make up to be great and i will continue to be a fan…but as a Pistons fan — im excited as hell for this trade. we will for sure be an exciting team to watch! Joe D is doing his thing…and there still exist possible moves to be made this off season. lets remember Charlie V and his contract could be something that attracts other teams later on as the season approaches…im excited!

    • Wayne

      Can’t wait for the season to begin!! 🙂
      It’s going to be an exciting one!

  4. Col

    Worst cast our version of jamal crawford, 8mill a year worth the gamble.

  5. Bellllissimo

    another player to add to the list of players i NEVER wanted in a pistons uniform that joe dumars put in a pistons uniform. And now I lose Slava who was my favorite player, just because he had so much potential. seriously joe dumars just ruined this whole offseason. YAY we a first round exit team again instead of winning or getting a good draft pick.

    I was cool with waiting but now im back to saying fire joe dumars again

    • terry

      dont let your heart over rule your head. This is a solid trade, all star caliber pg and you ease the log jam. Joey D executive of the year.

      • Bellllissimo

        i dont want all stars i want champions.

        • Damien W.

          ..and this is just one step to get closer. Were not a “Finals or Bust” kind of team. We got to start somewhere, this is the start.

  6. DJ

    Good pick up. Not Rondo but not a bad move. Knight had 2 seasons and wasnt developing fast enough as a starter. Drummond & Monroe have shown growth in the last year alone. Jennings is only a year ahead of Knight & a much better & more confident player. He will force the top PG’s in the league to be honest & play defense. Plus we have Billups to work with Jennings now. Billups is a great mentor to young players. they all respect him & listen to him as a leader. It’s a very good pick up & as a fan I am excited. This is a guy that could have been a 1st round draft pick had he not chosen to play over seas and skip college. We still need help at the 2/3 spots. I am not convinced with the GiGi signing, but I think we have enough players to be back in the playoffs & maybe attract a big FA next season if we can’t get rid of stuckey & CV this year, at least their money is off the books next seasons. If we don’t make it to the playoffs at least we will be in the mix for a big FA & a top draft pick. Either way is a low risk high reward gamble to make this move IMO.

  7. edt

    lateral trade, best thing about it is peyton siva might get some minutes since we have room on the roster.

  8. Jo-El

    not sure how i feel about this trade. jennings is a scorer but who knows what bk7 would have been under mo cheeks? kid got a lockout year + 1… joe d better have something up his sleeve with this one – like trading stuck or cv for a great 2-guard or pg. or maybe he’s setting it up so that jennings is the 2 and billups is the 1 with stuck off the bench?

  9. Drew

    Who’s gonna start at the 2-guard? Singler? Pope?

  10. Isaiah Parsons

    Any time you can spend $24 million for a 40% shooter, you have to do it, especially if it gives you the chance to be mediocre for the next 3 seasons. Great move, Joe D. I really look forward to losing in the first round these next few years.

    • Chad


  11. Riz

    Anyone who downs this is a complete hater Jennings for 8 mil 3 years steal. Got him 4 a bunch of scrubs. Best team since 04

    • luis

      uhhh…. maybe since 08

  12. bufkus

    This is a good trade no matter how you look at it. Let’s face it, Brandon Knight was going to end up another Rodney Stuckey, so it’s good that we dealt him for an upgrade. Jennings is not the best PG in the world but he’s definitely better than Brandon Knight in every way.

    Milwaukee pretty much screwed themselves, trading for a 13ppg guard that will never get better. And Slava and Middleton were always going to be bench warmers.

    Also now Peyton Siva has a roster spot.

  13. josh blue

    Brandon Knight might end up a real point guard someday, in a few years…but he isnt there this season. Jennings is the better player in the short run, a guy who can distribute and create his own shot.

    Having those big dogs up front doesnt do any good if you dont have someone who can get it to them. The Pistons now have that. You think Billups and Cheeks cant teach Jennings how to be even better of a PG?

    • Farid Muhammad

      thank you! lol…im reading these comments which i normally dont do to be honest…lol! but i question if people even watch or understand the game. this was a great move on so many levels… Billups and Cheeks will for sure impart some knowledge on the “young” Jennings — who by the way can freaking score, dribble penetrate, keep defenses on their hills, and is a player that plays with personality and heart…. Joe D along with his staff continues to make good basketball moves.. Big front line in Drummond, Monroe & Josh Smith — Sheed on the bench to pass on knowledge to our bigs — Billups is back & healthy and i trust given the respect he receives, will provide good mentor-ship to an offensively explosive Brandon Jennings… the only negative for me is his defense.

      • josh blue

        his d is a negative, for sure, but that can be coached (and cheeks was a helluva defender in his day. actually, heeks and dumars are similar in that way). but also, with all these big guys, if someone slips past jennings, they have a craapload of big men to get through on the help defense

        Im actually kind of estatic about the whole thing

        (i do want to give a shoutout to BK about his defense: he wasnt the best defender, for sure – his size hurt him. but he had tons of heart and willingness, as evidenced when he went up against the much bigger deandre jordan and tried to stop his shot. even though he got killed, most kids wouldnt have even tried for it)

      • Bellllissimo

        and will cost us severly on the defensive end. dont get me wrong i didnt mind trading knight but what we got wont do anything but hold us back for 3 years til we figure out why it isnt working

  14. Julian

    Wow. Gore/Dumars are making moves in an effort to bring talent to the D.
    Besides the rookies we drafted this year, we now have 3 new starters in J Smoove, Jennings and Billups

    It is going to be a totally different team this year.

  15. terry

    This move really solidifies this team, jennings hasnt even hit his prime yet and he will be a piston when he does… on a loaded team of play makers. Knight just didnt have the eye of the tiger or that killer instinct you would want going into the playoffs. Still need to move Stucco, but the Pistons are going to make some noise this year and years to come.

  16. john cornelius

    so you guys are afraid to take a risk on a so called bad egg….if i recall wasnt rasheed a stretch you forget rasheed and chauncey are locker room guys when you got a guy like rasheed in the fox hole he influences you to get better this team will be pushed

  17. Tycoon

    Why BK? Why not Stuckey? Why include Slava?

    • bufkus

      because Milwaukee saw something in BK that nobody else does, and no team has any interest in Stuckey unless its for salary cap reasons.

    • edt

      bk has proved a reliable defender in his last year even when he was unable to distribute the ball, I can see why the bucks want him, jennings is a worse defender than knight, but a better ball handler.

  18. Rai_from_phl

    so, BJ is in, BK, KM, and Slava out. does this mean that we now have roster space for Peyton Siva, to play this year?

    • Jake

      It does.

      • Damien W.

        I would love to see Siva in some garbage time if he gets a shot. I mean, with all the guards we have.. that’s all that’s left for him. He’s going to be behind, Jennings, Billups and Bynum.

        • edt

          I don’t know if Billups will stay injury free the entire year, Siva’s playing time will probably come if Bynum or Billups need rest to recover from injuries.

    • Drew

      Why does anybody give 2 sh–s about Siva? If he makes the team, he’s going to be fourth down on the depth chart at PG. Wow oh wow.

      • Rai_from_phl

        doesn’t matter how far down he is on the depth chart. as long as he learns every day of the season from seasoned vets like CB.

      • edt

        Because Siva has played out of his mind in the summer league and was very good in the NCAA championship. We have seen how much game he has and think it is better than Knight ever had someone how has been playing starter minutes every year as a piston.

        We want more of Siva!

  19. Drew

    I just realized if Singler starts at the 2, the only backup to Smith at the 3 is Luigi Datome. And now there is no legitimate backup center behind Andre. Is Tony Mitchell tall enough to play the 5? Because I know Charlie and Jonas can’t.

  20. markov7

    i didnt quite get it but if we re giving bk7 for jennings than i m fine with it if bk7 is gettin traded afterwards for good spot up shooter again i m fine wih it but if in ne scenario bk7 is staying then we re too crowded and than its not too good

  21. pistonsfan101

    Watch Middleton flourish in Milwaukee like Afflalo did in Denver after he was traded.

  22. Julian

    Moose will back up Dre at center and J Smoove along with CV and JJ will back up Moose at PF. Singler, and Gigi will back up Smith at SF.
    Monroe and Smith will get a lot of bunch of minutes at two different positions.
    Middleton was not going to get any playing time will all our small forward on our roster anyway.
    Jennings is young and has already scored 50 pts in a game during his short career.

    I predict the playoffs for the Pistons in 2013.

  23. bufkus

    BTW anyone else think Milwaukee will waive Kravtsov and he’ll end up resigning with Detroit?

    • terry

      That would be nice

  24. Rai_from_phl

    can’t wait for the season to start, especially excited to see drummond play a whole year as the starting C. Hopefully he learned well from Hakeem. Once he does, and when he develops a Alonzo Mourning-like physique, he will be the best big man in the league.

  25. Julian

    We will have 4 stars in the starting lineup with Dre, Moose, Josh Smith and Jennings.
    Also we have Billups who can still ball if he stays healthy.
    Very excited to have a decent coach in Cheeks who can keep everyone motivated to win.



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