Report: Bucks may prefer signing Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings
Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, the starting backcourt for the Milwaukee Bucks, could both be free agents this offseason. The two have similar skill sets, and the team may only want to bring one back. If that’s the case, there are indications the team would rather re-sign Ellis, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein on Twitter.
Jennings is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks can match any offer to him. At 23, he’s also four years younger than Ellis. He’s spent his whole career with the team, and it was believed the Bucks preferred to bring him back.
Ellis is only 27, though, and he averaged 19.2 points and 6.0 assists per game last season. He will be an unrestricted free agent if he opts out of his current deal and could sign with any team. Milwaukee’s preference may not matter if Ellis decides he wants to leave.
One other factor for Milwaukee could be another free agent guard: J.J. Redick. The team acquired the sharp-shooting Redick during the year, and he fit in better with Ellis. Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin reports that the Bucks were +6.2 points per 100 possessions with Ellis and Redick on the court together last season. The team was -10.5 with Jennings and Redick. But after a half-season stay, it’s unclear whether Redick wants to stay in Milwaukee