The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to send point guard Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for point guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middelton, and center Viacheslav Kravstov in a sign-and-trade deal.
Jennings will receive a three year, 25 million dollar contract from the Pistons, which ends his era in Milwaukee, where he was very inconsistent.
Jennings came into free agency seeking a max deal, but saw his market dwindling over the past few weeks. He will now join the Pistons, who signed Josh Smith to a lucrative deal and drafted Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a versatile guard who has unlimited range. With these signings, the Pistons will hope to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The Pistons will lose Brandon Knight, who was taken eighth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Knight averaged 13 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds in two seasons with Detroit.
The Pistons will also lose two reserves in Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kratsov. Middleton averaged six points a game, but became an integral part of the team near the end of the season. Kratsov saw minimal minutes last season, playing in 25 games and averaging three points a game.
It will be interesting to see a new-look Pistons who just hired Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach. The Pistons are in for a year of high expectations, but expect them to underachieve this season because of poor team chemistry.