ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks are interested in swapping point guards with the Milwaukee Bucks:
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that the Hawks and Bucks have in recent days discussed a sign-and-trade deal to land Brandon Jennings in Atlanta and send fellow restricted free agent Jeff Teague to Milwaukee to reunite with former Hawks coach Larry Drew. ESPN.com reported early in free agency that the Bucks, at Drew’s behest, had interest.
Brandon Jennings to the ATL makes little sense to me. He’s a ball-dominant, high-volume scorer that loves to be in the spotlight. Coach Budenholzer and staff have the ability to turn him into a “purer” point guard, but changing his entire style of play in one off-season will be rigorous.
Teague to Milwaukee will give former Hawks coach Larry Drew something the Bucks haven’t had in a while: an efficient point guard. Who knows, could we be seeing #TopTierTeague dominate the Central Division next season?
One aspect Jennings has in his favor is youth. While Teague is 25, B.J. is only 23, which provides extra room go grow as a player.
It’s worth noting, picking up Brandon Jennings will give the city of Atlanta a second B.J. on a major sports team — B.J. Upton from the Braves, of course. Hopefully this one doesn’t have a brother…