Brandon Jennings has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play in China, according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated.
It’s been clear for some time now that Jennings wasn’t going to return to Washington. The Wizards filled their need at backup point guard by trading for Tim Frazier before last June’s draft and have filled all 17 roster spots.
Jennings will need a strong showing in China to prove he’s ready to play on the NBA level again after a rough performance with the Wizards last season. Other than his big performance in Game 2 of the Wizards’ series against the Hawks, and his impressive assist-to-turnover ratio, it was rough for him as a Wizard.
He shot only 27.4 percent from the field in the regular season and 38.9 percent from the field in the playoffs. He was also 13-65 from deep (20 percent) during his time in Washington. He was also a defensive liability, especially in the playoffs when the Wizards gave up 112.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor.
All that said, Jennings’ struggles are less an indictment on him than it is on the team for not having a better option at their disposal as they tried to make a deep playoff run. Trey Burke was a better scorer, but much worse as a playmaker and defender. Tomas Satoransky was a better defender, but hasn’t been able to make his mark at all on the offensive end, and based on the Frazier trade, the team doesn’t seem comfortable with the idea of him playing minutes at point guard.
Here’s to hoping for the best for Jennings as he tries to get back to what he was before his Achilles injury in 2015, and to hoping the Wizards have better options behind John Wall for the upcoming season.