ESPN.com's Chad Ford (Insider protected) published a report on Wednesday titled, "Trade Watch: Stars on the Move?"
In this column, Ford wrote:
Jennings has, according to one source, "irreconcilable differences" with Milwaukee. He's frustrated, according to sources, that the two sides weren't able to work out a long-term extension this summer.
Just hours later, Jennings was on the horn with ESPN's Chris Broussard to put any talk about him demanding a trade to rest:
"That is not true," Jennings said in a text message when asked if his relationship with the Bucks is beyond repair. "Just because I got a new agent doesn't mean anything. That stuff never came out of my mouth. They're just reaching for a story since I changed my agent [to Jeff Schwartz]."
Ford is a respectable journalist, and I'd be foolish to believe he didn't get his information from a reliable source. ESPN's Jon Hartzell rushed to his colleague's defense on Twitter, posting a thought I'm sure many of you have entertained:
That said, Jennings' decision to get in front of the situation and take the high road shows maturity beyond his years. Nobody would blame him for being fed up with playing for a small-market team that hasn't gotten out of the first round in the NBA Playoffs since 2001.
This year's Bucks aren't likely to have any success in the playoffs either, should the team even get in. Though they are loaded with talent in the backcourt, Milwaukee's frontcourt will get mauled in a seven-game series against teams with bangers.
Jennings is undeniably talented, and if I were in his shoes I'd be dying to play for a big-market team with a legitimate chance at a deep postseason run.
He's also seemingly wise enough to realize that adding legitimacy to a rumor about his discontent won't serve him well in the short run or in the long run.
Nobody likes a diva, and Jennings' decision to dump cold water on his "irreconcilable differences" with the Bucks shows he's above pettiness and taking potshots.
This will surely help him with his current team and any teams interested in trading for him. Jennings may have to bide his time, but as long as this young man keeps balling out every night, he'll get his wish to play for a winner.
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