The 80 million dollar deal to Reggie Jackson could signal the end of Brandon Jennings in Detroit. While Jennings had a good year last season (19 points and 8 assists per game) the team may be looking to go in a different direction.
The Knicks have blanked on all big free agents that were available this offseason. If New York wants to turn things around, they will need to be aggressive and make a couple trades.
The Reggie Jackson deal opens the door for a potential deal for Brandon Jennings. If the Knicks had any sense, they would do everything in their power to acquire the electric point guard.
If you have ever watched Brandon Jennings play, you would know his game was made for The Garden. Offensively, the Cali native is electric in transition. He plays the game at a fast pace and with a chip on his shoulder. He won’t back down to opponents or crumble under the pressure of playing in the big market. Statistically, 2015 was a career year for Jennings. His 9 assists per game were a career high. The footage of highlights from 2015 give you a glimpse of what Jennings is capable of on the offensive side of the floor. He is amazing in pick and roll situations. This will make the Melo-Jennings pairing an effective duo.
Defensively, Jennings showed marked improvement in 2015 as well. Physically, Brandon has all of the tools to be relentless defender. In regards to on ball defense, Jennings is quick enough to put ball handlers in poor situations. Within the right defensive scheme, Brandon could be a two steal a game player.
A line has been drawn in the sand for the Knicks. They can’t roll Jose Calderon out there at point guard and expect to compete for a championship. New York needs a game changer at the helm. If the Knicks are serious about a ring, they need to make a move and acquire Jennings.