By Bill Carey
May 29, 2013

The Bucks may prefer to re-sign Monta Ellis (r.) over Brandon Jennings. (Rocky Widner/National Basketball) The Bucks may prefer to re-sign Monta Ellis (r.) over Brandon Jennings. (Rocky Widner/National Basketball)

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.

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