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.