Having landed Derrick Rose as the team's primary point guard, the Knicks have now added Brandon Jennings as a backup and possible insurance in case Rose gets injured (again).
Jennings Tweeted he was coming to the Knicks. CSNChicago.com reported it was a one-year deal worth $5 million.
Can't wait to play in the Mecca!! Excited to be joining such a historic franchise @NYKNICKS!!!- Brandon Jennings (@thinkiminthe90s) July 4, 2016
��...- Brandon Jennings (@thinkiminthe90s) July 4, 2016
Jennings, 26, is a native of Compton, Calif., who averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 assists last season in 25 games for Orlando.
He ruptured his left Achilles while playing for Detroit on Jan. 25, 2015 and then missed almost an entire year before returning with the Pistons on Dec. 29 of this past season. Detroit dealt him to Orlando on Feb. 16.
Jennings chose to spend a year playing in Italy out of high school because he failed to qualify at Arizona. He ended up being the No. 10 pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Much like Derrick Rose, Jennings is an assertive guard who can attack, get through the lane, and penetrate. This not only means he can create his own offense, but open things up for shooters around the perimeter as well. His acquisition not only represents another roster upgrade, but the filling of another massive (and quite obvious) void from last year's team.
Jennings is a relatively dynamic scorer, so he could very well see back-up minutes at both guard positions. He's not the most efficient player by any means, but he covers a certain ground the Knicks have not in many years. What's more, Jennings will provide substantial insurance for New York, while hoping Rose's health holds up. Starting the former Magic guard in a pinch or playing him during key moments at the end of a given contest if needed isn't the worst thing in the world.
Hopefully Jennings' signing (in addition to likely taking up the team's remainder of cap space) will serve as a stop-gap while the team continues to grow and nurture potential D-League talent through the Westchester pipeline. As they look to continue filling out the roster (be it this offseason, or filling a sudden void later in the fall), they'll likely need to explore more affordable options.
Nevertheless, signing Jennings as a short-term solution is very good news.