Brandon Jennings, Washington Wizards have reached a verbal agreement on a deal for remainder of season, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 28, 2017
Stan Van Gundy spoke to Brandon Jennings’ agent this morning. Apparently he’s headed to Charlotte.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) February 27, 2017
This didn’t make much sense simply due to the fact that the Hornets (with all due respect, of course) may not even be a playoff team, let alone a ‘contender’.
This move is logical for both the Wizards and Jennings. Washington presents the best opportunity for Jennings in terms of coming into a situation where the team is considered a contender, and being able to get plenty playing time.
The backup backcourt hasn’t produced much for the Wizards. Tomas Satoransky is a good player in his own right, but the team needs scoring, and he’s not able to provide that right now. Trey Burke has been extremely underwhelming. He hasn’t seemed comfortable since preseason and this could possibly be his last shot in the NBA.
Washington must release a player to clear roster spot for Jennings, which is likely to happen after Wizards-Raptors game on Wednesday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 28, 2017
There is literally no reason as to why the Wizards should need/want to keep Burke. Rookies Sheldon Mac and Danuel House Jr. are solid pieces Washington can work with going forward. Fellow rookie Daniel Ochefu is quite the project, but he would come in handy should one of Washington’s big men suffer an injury. Burke is most likely the odd man out.
Brandon Jennings brings a fantastic ability to score and he has a very underrated defensive game. Although he is shooting just 38 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep, Jennings can explode for buckets at any given moment.
Now that the ‘third guard’ role has been essentially filled in Washington, there can be no more excuses made. All of the Wizards’ problems have been addressed. It’s time for them to put it all together and challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers.