Pistons Acquire Brandon Jennings In Sign-And-Trade

Pistons Acquire Brandon Jennings In Sign-And-TradeWe’ve heard the talk that Brandon Jennings was unhappy with the Milwaukee Bucks and wouldn’t commit to the team for the long term. Now we can change the conversation, as the guard has been moved to the Detroit Pistons in a sign-and-trade.

‘Part of the package’

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the details of the move:

“The Pistons will send Brandon Knight to the Bucks as part of the package for Jennings, league sources tell Y! Sports.”

“Detroit will also send center Slava Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton to Bucks as part of sign-and-trade for Jennings, sources tell Y!”

“The sign-and-trade for Jennings to the Pistons will be a three-year, $24 million deal, sources tell Y! Sports.”

‘He was unhappy’

Jennings’ departure isn’t all that surprising, as there were rumors he was unhappy during the 2012-13 season.  Well, maybe it was true after all.

In return for Jennings, the Bucks will be getting the 21-year-old Kentucky product Knight, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2011 pick.  He averaged 13.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds last year, but gained infamy for being on the wrong end of a nasty alley-oop slam from DeAndre Jordan.

Is the sign-and-trade with the Pistons a wise move for Brandon Jennings? Feel free to discuss your thoughts with us!

Source: Timothy Rapp | Bleacher Report

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LeBron James Ending Career With Team USA?

LeBron James Ending Career With Team USATwo Olympic gold medals and a bronze are likely going to be enough for LeBron James, who is reportedly finished with Team USA and his international basketball career.

‘Doubtful to participate’

The news comes from Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympicsin Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn’t expect James to play next summer—and doesn’t plan to ask him.

James has already accomplished plenty with Team USA, winning two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), one Olympic bronze (2004), and a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships (2006).

‘Relax and recuperate’

Not only that, but he’s going to be 29 years old by next summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and 31 before the Rio Olympics in 2016. That doesn’t exactly make LeBron ancient, but when you consider the mileage he has already put on his body, it’s not surprising that he wants a little more free time during the NBA offseason.

As Spears notes, James’ most recent summer included trips across the world, commercial shoots, prep basketball camps and wedding planning. LeBron is a busy man, and as he gets older, he will need some time to relax and recuperate.

Do you think LeBron James would be willing to come back after a couple of years if Team USA requested him to? Will his presence or absence make a lot of difference?

Source: Tim Keeney | Bleacher Report

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