With the Draft done and over with, it’s time to start the countdown till free agency. The frenzy officially starts July 1, but there are reports flying around of certain players’ decisions.
Contrary to reports earlier this week, Miami Heat guard Ray Allen has decided to exercise his player option and return for a second season with the Heat — a league source told Chris Haynes.
Ray Allen agent Jim Tanner confirms to Sun Sentinel that Allen has opted in for next season, the last year on his deal, calls for $3.2M.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 28, 2013
Similarly, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Jerryd Bayless has opted in — when it was previously reported that he was leaning to opt out of his deal in Memphis to test free agency.
I'm told Grizzlies G Jerryd Bayless, in mild surprise, has elected to invoke $3.1 million player option for next season to stay in Memphis
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 28, 2013
Throughout the season, there were many rumors swirling around Brandon Jennings’ future. Would the Bucks match any offer sheet another team would sign Jennings to? Is Jennings worth a max contract? Will anyone even think about giving him a max deal? So many questions lead to so many different scenarios for the young guard.
Now, we have an answer. We think.
On Friday, Bucks general manager John Hammond said “It’s our intention for Brandon Jennings to remain a Milwaukee Buck.”
Simple as that. Unless a team throws Jennings an outrageous deal, it appears that he will be a Buck next season.