Rumors have emerged about a possible move that would send PG Brandon Jennings and others to Brooklyn in exchange for SF Joe Johnson. As of late the Nets have not seeed keen on the Pistons’ offer but they should reconsider as the offer is what Brooklyn needs.
One proposed deal looks like this:
The deal does look awkward on paper, trading four players for one, but the Pistons do not have a player on their roster with a “big” contract, Jennings is the highest paid player at $8 million annually. To make this deal happen, the Pistons would have to send Jennings and expiring deals to the Nets in exchange for Johnson.
Kyle Singler has also been included in some offers and Alan Anderson could be thrown in to sweeten the deal for the Pistons.
Jennings is out for the rest of the year with a rupture achilles, a serious injury that does take time to recover from. However, before the injury Jennings was having the best stretch of his career. After Josh Smith was waived, Jennings was looking like an elite floor general.
Post-Josh Smith Averages: 19.8 points per game, 7.0 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, 42 FG%
After Smith was waived, Jennings was turned into a different player. He had some downright ridiculous games including a 37-point performance against the Indiana Pacers, a 34-point, 10-assist effort against the Toronto Raptors and a 24-point, 21-assist showing versus the Orlando Magic.
If Jennings was traded to Brooklyn and produced like this, it would have a tremendous impact on the Nets.
Looking at the logistics of the trade, they are quite complicated.
The Nets currently only have one roster spot open, with Johnson being traded that opens up another spot. One of these spots would be filled by Jennings which leaves room for one more player. Two of the other three players involved in this trade would be bought out/waived.
It is also important to remember that Andray Blatche is poised for a possible return to Brooklyn, so that would eliminate everyone but Brandon Jennings from the equation.
It is almost certain that Joel Anthony would be bought out as he has not found his place in the rotation in Detroit and with Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee, Kevin Garnett and Jerome Jordan all capable of lining up at center, Anthony’s services are not needed in Brooklyn.
That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Caron Butler.
Jonas Jerebko’s 2014-15 Statistics: 5.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 46 FG%, 37 3PT%
Caron Butler’s 2014-15 Statistics: 5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 38 FG%, 32 3PT%
Between the two, Jerebko seems like the better fit for the Nets. His deal is expiring, he’s younger and he can fill the stretch four role that was left open after Mirza Teletovic was pronounced out for the season.
The deal does have risk involved, with Jennings coming off a ruptured achilles, a very serious injury it will be a long and arduous recovery process, but if the Nets were to make this deal it could be worth it in the long run.
Of course, it is hard to forget that Jennings dropped 55 in just the seventh game of his career.