Pistons discussing Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade?

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Time:

Whispers increasing at Vegas Summer League that Bucks are talking to Pistons about Jennings’ sign and trade.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

League source: #Pistons and Bucks haven’t had any conversations about a Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade

I certainly trust Goodwill’s source more than Woelfel’s whisper, but that’s still just a single source. With front offices containing many members, not even Joe Dumars or John Hammond can guarantee the Bucks and Pistons haven’t discussed a Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade. Of course, conversations also could have been funneled through Jennings or his agent, giving the teams plausible deniability about talking with each other. If Hammond speaks to Jennings’ agent, who speaks to Dumars, technically, Hammond and Dumars haven’t spoken to each other.

Veracity aside, a Jennings sign and trade could make sense. Jennings was better last season than any point guard the Pistons now have, and for a team in the thick of a crowded playoff hunt, even the smallest upgrade could make the difference between reaching the postseason or not.

Jennings has maintained relatively consistent production during his first four seasons in the league, but the level of his plateau doesn’t excite me much. He has performed like, give or take, an average NBA player, though I suspect he’ll likely get a contract offer that pays him more based on an assumed improvement. Jennings is just 23, so improvement is certainly possible, but I wouldn’t assume it.

Speaking of not assuming improvement for a young point guard, Brandon Knight could be involved in a sign-and-trade if one were to happen. Despite being slightly older than Knight, Jennings is more valuable than Knight due their on-court production. Of course, that analysis doesn’t consider contracts, because we don’t yet know what Jennings’ will be. Knight has two years left on his rookie-scale contract, a deal that will almost certainly pay less than Jennings’ next contract.

The Pistons should not be satisfied with their current point guards, and that is a position that could use upgrading. As with all sign-and-trades, terms of the contract and trade are paramount. Jennings would probably provide a slight on-court upgrade for the Pistons, but he’s not the type of player I’d break the bank or give up valuable assets to get.

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