Over a week ago, the Detroit Pistons decided to send Brandon Knight, along with Slava Kravtsov and Khris Middleton, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal, signing Jennings to a three-year, $24 million deal. Not only is this a terrible mistake by the Pistons, but this will also hurt their future moving forward.
First of all, the Pistons gave up on Knight too quickly. He was only in the league for just two years and is only 21 years old. Last season, Knight averaged 13.3 PPG, 4 APG, and 3.3 RPG. Why not let Knight grow with this young Pistons team that features Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith? He has shown us great potential, so why not wait a few more years and allow him to develop and improve his game?
Next, Jennings is not the right man for the job. Yes, he averaged 17.5 PPG, 6.5 APG, and 3.1 RPG last season and is a pretty decent 3-point shooter, but let’s not forget that he shot 40% from the field last season and often puts up bad shots as well. He is also very inconsistent, he can be a shot-jacker at times, and sometimes he tries to shoot his way out of cold shooting slumps. Jennings is just too risky of a player to have on your team.
Why did the Pistons give up their young point guard that has a bright future, for a poor, inconsistent, and risky player like Jennings?