Most of the big-name free agents have officially finalized new contracts or at least agreed to deals so far this July, with only a handful of notable unsigned players still on the market. Of those available free agents, Nikola Pekovic and Brandon Jennings may be the best options, and Pekovic appears to be a strong bet to return to Minnesota. However, it's not clear where Jennings will land.
Jennings is said to be seeking $12MM annually, but reportedly isn't interested in playing for the Bucks, which is unfortuante, since the team still has most of the leverage. As a restricted free agent, Jennings can't sign outright with another team. He'd have to ink an offer sheet, which the Bucks could match. That option is looking increasingly unlikely, since few, if any, potential suitors still have the cap space necessary to accommodate an offer sheet that Milwaukee would think twice about matching.
Jennings could decide to accept his one-year qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but that would only pay him about $4.53MM, and would mean another year in Milwaukee. Re-signing with the Bucks and pushing for a trade is one option. Signing overseas for a year is another, but that would mean he'd be a restricted free agent again next summer. A sign-and-trade looks like it could be the best option for both sides, but there aren't many ideal fits left for Jennings. A couple teams who could have been in the mix, the Mavericks and Hawks, opted instead to lock up Monta Ellis and Jeff Teague, respectively.
So how do you think Jennings' free agency plays out? What will he ultimately decide to do?