Racine Journal Times: Brandon Jennings is taking a hands-off approach to his contract situation. While he remains eligible for an extension of his rookie contract until October 31st, Jennings hasn’t spoken to his agent, Bill Duffy, about the matter in weeks.
“I talked to him a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t about the contract,’’ Jennings said. “I can’t put my hand on what’s really going on (with contract talks). That’s why I just let my agent handle it.
“If anything happens, I’m sure he’ll text me and let me know and let me know what’s offered and then say, ‘It’s up to you.’ But I haven’t gotten that call yet.’’
NBA.com: If Samuel Dalembert keeps blocking shots and registering double-digit rebound games in around 25 minutes per game, he would have had an outside chance at making the NBA’s All-Star team at midseason. Of course, he would have had to leapfrog perennial candidates like Andrew Bynum, Al Horford, and Roy Hibbert.
But the NBA has changed its voting process. No longer will the balloting be for two forwards and a center. The vote will now ask for a selection of three ‘frontcourt’ players.
“It was something that we originally thought made some sense, but we didn’t want to make a decision in a vacuum, of course,” (NBA VP of Basketball Operations Stu) Jackson said. “We ran it by the Competition Committee and they thought the idea made some sense … it gives the fans some flexibility while keeping competitive balance.”
Hoopsworld: John Henson’s recovery from a knee injury was originally pegged with a two-week time frame. In Toronto, Scott Skiles noted that Henson was progressing nicely and that he should return to play soon. Drew Gooden also had some nice things to say about the rookie, a player with whom he could be competing for playing time.
“(Henson has) a lot of athletic ability, good touch around the hoop, offensive rebounder, tremendous length,” Bucks veteran Drew Gooden said. “It’s the want to, the willingness to go out there and block the shots.”
“It’s just the consistency with how much stuff is being thrown at you every day,” Gooden said. “It’s new, and just when you think you got it down, there’s something new out there, so it’s just an up-and-down emotional rollercoaster.”
“It all depends on opportunity. When you’re out there playing, you never know what can happen. If he has the opportunity, I think he’ll do a great job.”
Boston Herald: The Associated Press does its season preview for the Bucks.
San Francisco Chronicle: Andrew Bogut had his injured ankle examined a few days ago, and the subsequent reports indicated that he was progressing, but also neglected to include a timetable to his return. So it’s quite likely that the Golden State Warriors will start the season without the former Buck. Following a Warrior loss to the Clippers, Mark Jackson tabbed rookie Festus Ezeli to start in Bogut’s place.
“The backup center job was wide open. He won it. He deserves it,” Jackson said of Ezeli. “He has a high IQ, loves the game and wants to be great.”
If Bogut cannot play when the Warriors open at Phoenix, “he’s my starting center,” Jackson said of Ezeli.
But against the Clippers, Ezeli had problems against DeAndre Jordan, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
“For spurts, he was very good,” Jackson said of Ezeli. “He went after the basketball. He was aggressive. Then for some spurts, he made some mistakes. But he’s going to be just fine.”
How convoluted would it be for the Bucks, who have a relative logjam of centers and power forwards, to trade one of them to Golden State so that the Warriors aren’t forced to rely on an unproven rookie as Bogut’s injury replacement?
But doesn’t it make at least a tiny bit of sense?