The Pistons continue to make noise this offseason by
acquiring another top NBA free agent, point guard Brandon Jennings. A restricted
free agent with the Bucks, Jennings will sign a three-year contract worth $25
million. The deal is a sign-and-trade that sends guard Brandon Knight, forward
Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov to Milwaukee.
Jennings will likely start alongside Chauncey Billups in the
backcourt. The starting frontcourt will presumably consist of Josh Smith, Greg
Monroe and Andre Drummond. It's an exciting lineup that blends skill with
athleticism on both ends of the floor.
Detroit's lineup will need to include perimeter shooting,
which is why the team brought in Billups and rookie forward Luigi Datome. It
remains to be seen what other moves the Pistons will make, but they are
expected to continue shopping the likes of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie
Villanueva, both of whom are on expiring contracts.
Giving up on Knight couldn't have been an easy decision for the Pistons.
That said, the organization wanted a more-explosive ball-handler to mix with
its young, long and explosive frontcourt.