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Mavs interested in Brandon Jennings?

Rumors, news, and Moneyball staff opinions on the possible acquisition of Bucks guard Brandon Jennings

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Be careful what you believe, says Cuban

Last night, prior to the game, our dear owner made a point of addressing the Brandon Jennings trade rumors, which were the first non-fan made rumors of the year, with Stein reporting them Tuesday night. He told ESPN's Tim MacMahon:

"If you read about it," Cuban said, "it ain't happening."

Bryan Gutierrez tweeted this little bit as well

Of course, we covered this about a week ago... it's maddening mainly because it's boring, but I really won't believe a trade is going down with the Dallas Mavericks until we see something from the league front office or it's confirmed by 3-4 league sources. Our front office runs the tightest of ships.

It seems this adventure, as far as Jennings is concerned, is over.

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Jennings is #2 on "Stars Most Likely To Be Moved"

Chad Ford of ESPN has a post available only to ESPN insiders this afternoon where he details the top 10 impact players most likely to be moved before the deadline. Brandon Jennings is number two on that list. Ford says:

Jennings has, according to one source, "irreconcilable differences" with Milwaukee. He's frustrated, according to sources, that the two sides weren't able to work out a long-term extension this summer. In addition, he feels as though he doesn't get the attention he deserves and wants a bigger market to take his talents to.

Jennings isn't bluffing. He recently changed agents in an attempt to get some traction on his relocation. Jennings' marching orders for his new representation? Get him out of Milwaukee, either by the trade deadline or via a toxic offer sheet from another team this summer.

Ford goes on to mention that the Bucks do have restricted free agent rights, but if another team offers him more money than they can afford, they may have to let him walk. That he's number two on this list was surprising. I had no idea things were that bad for Jennings in Bucks-land. Of course, I'm of a similar mind to Josh... I don't think he works for Dallas mainly because he's not very good at basketball. He's essentially the same player he's been since entering the league.

But I could be wrong. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery.

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A counterpoint: Brandon Jennings is the worst

There is no good with Brandon Jennings. Only bad. Only horror and death by PUJITs.

Take one good look at the "Shot Locations" tab on Jenning's Hoopdata.com page. After you've wiped the throw up from your screen you'll realize a few things:

1. Jennings is a scoring point guard who can't shoot.

2. In three and a half seasons, Jennings career-high in shooting is 41.8 percent. Every other season (including this current one) he has been below 40 percent shooting. BELOW. BELOW. BELOW.

3. Jennings rarely gets into the paint and creates for his teammates. His passing numbers are mediocre at best. He turns the ball over a lot. He doesn't make his teammates better when he's on the floor.

For a bit more evidence, here's NBA-guru/master/handsome man, Zach Lowe. This is from Lowe's piece in early January when Scott Skiles left the Bucks:

"Jennings's ability to finish at the rim has taken a step back after his percentage from in-close ticked up last season, and he still ranks toward the bottom of the starting point guard pile in terms of driving into the teeth of the defense and creating productive looks for teammates.

Jennings's game has essentially stalled out. He's a 40 percent shooter with a 3-point stroke that tops out as average and mediocre driving/passing skills. He can be a disruptive defender, but he's loose with his fundamentals, and unlike Jrue Holiday (his draft mate, and new owner of an extension worth up to $46 million), he cannot credibly defend shooting guards. Barring some change over the next 45 games or so, the Bucks should not be in a rush to give Jennings $12 million per season."

Seriously. Jennings is just the worst. No offense to Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks coaching staff, but I'm tired of the "let's see if the Mavericks can develop him!" shtick. We've gone through that with Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo. We don't need to do it again.

Of course, as long as the price is right, trading for Jennings really could be a win-win deal. If Dallas doesn't use up a majority of its tradable assets, then it could make sense. Bring Jennings in for what is a lost season, see if he can show anything in Dallas and if he does, the Mavericks get the rights to keep the restricted free agent. If he continues the Brandon Jennings show and 39 percent shoots himself into oblivion, let some other sucker sign him and don't match his offer sheet.

But even then. This Mavericks season has already been awful. Guess it can't get any worse, right?

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Sources say Mavs interested in Jennings?

All aboard the rumor train: Marc Stein suggests possible interest in Milwaukee point guard Brandon Jennings.

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