Tip-Off for 7/31/13 (featuring The Fugees): Pistons land Brandon Jennings in a sign and trade deal with the Bucks
The Pistons’ acquisition of Brandon Jennings was a step in the right direction.
The Detroit Pistons improved their roster by leaps and bounds when they acquired scoring point guard Brandon Jennings in a sign and trade deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. Jennings’ deal is said to be worth $24-$25 million over three years.
It’s turning out to be a decent summer for the Detroit Pistons, who have methodically put together a playoff contender in less than two months.
- June 10th – Sign Maurice Cheeks as head coach.
- June 27th – Draft Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 8th overall in the NBA Draft.
- July 10 – Sign free agent Josh Smith.
- July 16th – Sign free agent Chauncey Billups.
- July 30th – Acquire Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks for Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Slava Kravstov.
In Greg Monroe and Al Drummond, Detroit has the best 4-5 tandem in the league. Monroe is one of the game’s best passing big men — posting 20 games with 5 or more assists. Drummond averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds in his rookie campaign. Playing roughly 20 minutes per game, Drummond had 20 games of 10 or more rebounds. He tore things up in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month. If Josh Smith can find his niche and cut down on his three-point attempts, this becomes a formidable lineup. Jennings is capable of going off for 30 points at anytime, while remaining in control of the offense.
Jennings and Monta Ellis never jelled into the super back court some expected in Milwaukee. Despite not having many scoring options, both players were in a contract year — which made for a tough situation all around. In four seasons with the Bucks, Jennings averaged 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
This is a good situation for Mo Cheeks, who has dealt with his share of malcontents in Portland and Philadelphia. Detroit is a young talented team with good locker room leaders in Billups and Smith. Where Cheeks falls short in getting on players, these veterans will not hesitate to speak up.
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The NBA released its Christmas Day schedule. The Miami Heat will host the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder will face the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. In Brooklyn, the Nets will meet the Chicago Bulls, who should have a healthy Derrick Rose. The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets will be in action, their opponents have yet to be determined.
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Man, I miss The Fugees!