Feb 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Bradley Center. The Suns defeated the Bucks 107-105. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Knee-Jerk Reactions: Bucks’ Brandon Jennings to Look at Markets Bigger than Milwaukee


And there it is. Everyone had to know that Jennings is an emotional kid who was going to come out with an equally emotional reaction to not making the All-Star team.  He dedicated himself to improving over the off-season, came through with an uptick in his results, but fell just short on his All-Star campaign.

Now, in a recent e-mail interview with ESPN.com, he dropped the L-bomb.  As in leaving.

“I am going to keep my options open, knowing that the time is coming up. I’m doing my homework on big market teams.”

“I’m not saying I won’t (sign an extension with the Bucks) and I’m not saying I will.  I’m just keeping my options open.”

This is the new NBA, even with a new CBA.  Stars want to flock to bigger markets and big-star teammates to improve marketability and the chance that they might band together and make a run at a title.  This summer’s lockout, and the subsequent collective bargaining agreement, did little to change that.  Sure, the Bucks may be able to offer a little more money, but not enough that it can’t be made up through endorsements and other off-court deals.

Don’t expect this story to go away any time soon.  Buckle up.

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