Brandon Jennings initially stated he wanted to stay in Milwaukee. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
There are "whispers" that the Milwaukee Bucks are working on a sign-and-trade with the Detroit Pistons involving disgruntled point guard Brandon Jennings, the Racine (Wis.) Journal Times' Gery Woelfel reported Monday.
The Sporting News' Sean Deveney reported earlier on Monday that the relationship between the Bucks and Jennings, a restricted free agent, had soured so significantly that Jennings does not want to play for the team next season.
The Bucks signaled that they were preparing for life after Jennings by signing Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet. The Hawks matched that offer, but the situation reportedly made relations more strained between the two parties.
Aside from a sign-and-trade deal, however, options for both sides are limited. For Jennings, at least, the best option could be signing a one-year qualifying option that would pay him $4.5 million next season. He would have to play out next season in Milwaukee, but he would become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.