The Detroit Pistons have announced that they will formally introduce Brandon Jennings, the newest member of the organization, at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The 23-year-old point guard signed a three-year $24 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade that sent Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ever since the signing both sides have been strangely mum even after the deal was official. Although this awesome photo went a long way in making me feel better about the trade.
The only official word I've seen is when he was approached at the OVO Bounce Tournament in Toronto.
Jennings declined to say much, saying he wants to "stay under the radar for now," but did admit "I'm happy" about the trade.
Hopefully, he will be a little more forthcoming during the news conference. Also interesting will be how close president of basketball operations Joe Dumars plays his cards to his vest. This move seems to have implications both at the shooting guard and point guard position.
Before the trade and after the signing of Chauncey Billups, Dumars stated that the competition to be starting point guard was "wide open." At the time, Chauncey said he expected to be the starting point guard.
Presumably, that is no longer the case with Jennings in the fold. But in the event that Billups won the PG job, Knight could have easily slid over into the shooting point guard role.
With Knight gone one could imagine that Chauncey Billups could also easily slide into that same shooting guard role just like he did with the Los Angeles Clippers. Only problem is one of the reasons he signed with Detroit was his desire to end his career "playing my position" meaning point guard. He also stated "I never saw myself as a shooting guard. I never wanted to play it."
The question is, does Chauncey want to start and be a shooting guard or does he want to be a reserve and be a point guard? And would the team even give him his wish, whatever it may be?
A Billups-Jennings back court might be too porous defensively and starting Rodney Stuckey would compound the spacing issues sure to come with a Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Josh Smith front court. This could mean that the starting shooting guard spot is rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's to lose.
If any answers are forthcoming, we'll report on them Tuesday.