According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks may be interested in Brandon Jennings. Take it with a grain of salt, as the language used clearly frames the interest from one side and even then only in the preliminary stages.
Mavs, I’m told, do have interest in Brandon Jennings and will be in mix for him if Bucks opt to make RFA-to-be available b4 Feb. 21 deadline
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 13, 2013
If you look around the league for other teams who may court Jennings in free agency — either this summer (restricted) or next (unrestricted, if the Bucks make the qualifying offer this summer), there are few with both the need for a point guard and the cap room to give Jennings a big deal. In fact, Dallas may be the only one with a real shot.
Taking into account that the Mavericks have limited tradable player assets also hinders the likelihood of a deal. Dallas doesn’t have much in the cupboard right now.
The one piece nearly certain to be included would be Darren Collison, another undersized point guard from the 2009 draft class. If GM John Hammond thinks that Collison works into the Bucks’ future better than Jennings, then a move could be made. Collision may not be an upgrade, but when compared to Jennings, 1) he could come slightly cheaper and 2) he may be more amenable to staying in Milwaukee long term.
However, if all the two teams really want is a swap of point guards, then waiting until their matching free agencies over the next two summers would also serve the same purpose. It would also keep both teams from overpaying for post-trade contract extensions when the reality is that there isn’t going to be much of a high-end market for either player when they make it to free agency.