Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Bucks Are Not Trading Brandon Jennings

I love the internet. It's incredible. And now that I have unlimited access to it once again as my computer has been returned to me, I'm falling back in love with things all over again. But for as great as the internet is, it's also pretty terrible. Tonight's example: The Internet creates and accelerates rumors when they shouldn't have been created in the first place.

Sometime in the next 24 hours, you may hear that the Bucks are looking to trade Brandon Jennings. That sentence isn't even close to being accurate, but the chance that you hear the claim is strong. Why? Because posted an article titled "Is Brandon Jennings on the Block?" The answer, again, is no, and Matt Moore's article never says that he is on the block. What Moore does do however is reference an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that suggests he may be.

If you follow the link to that article, you'll see that the story is centered around the Cleveland Cavaliers and whether they may or may not look to Europe with the number four pick in this summer's draft. Separate from the article, there is a little sub-article with snippets under the heading "overheard at the combine". One of those such snippets is this - The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly would be open to listening to offers for guard Brandon Jennings.

Let's analyze that for a little bit. The Bucks reportedly... The word reportedly in journalism is really nothing more than an synonym for maybe. So already this story is a non-story. Secondly, no shit they'd be open to listening to offers for Jennings. If you're a general manager, what good does it do to say that someone is untradeable? The fact that you will listen to offers doesn't mean that you are looking to trade someone, and I feel like that's the connection that some people will be making. And it shouldn't be so.

Now that I got that off of my chest, it's time for you to keep deciding who you would like to see continue to be kicked off this Bucks squad. Let's take a look at the results from this last week's Bucks Survivor:

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute  (0%)
Earl Boykins (0%)
Keyon Dooling (35%)
John Salmons (15%)
Larry Sanders (0%)
Andrew Bogut (0%)
Brandon Jennings (5%)
Ersan Illyasova (0%)
Drew Gooden (15%)
Jon Brockman (30%)
Carlos Delfino (0%)

So while Jennings is definitely sticking around, it looks like we're ready to get rid of one of his backups, as Keyon Dooling has been eliminated from Bucks Survivor. That leaves us now with ten guys left in the contest. Since we've fallen behind a little bit week-to-week, the next two weeks are going to be double elimination. You can vote for one player on the top right hand side of the page and then the two guys with the highest vote totals will be booted.


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