Person familiar with deal: Pistons acquire Jennings from Bucks for Knight, Kravtsov, Middleton

  • Article by: LARRY LAGE , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 30, 2013 - 6:51 PM
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The Detroit Pistons have made another move in their busy offseason, acquiring Brandon Jennings (right) as they desperately try to end their four-year postseason drought.

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DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons have made another move in their busy offseason, acquiring Brandon Jennings as they desperately try to end their four-year postseason drought.

Detroit landed the point guard from the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Brandon Knight and two prospects, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the trade hasn't been announced, said Jennings has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons. The person said Detroit will also give up seldom-used Ukrainian center Viacheslav Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton in the deal.

Detroit has been active this offseason, signing free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome along with bringing back Will Bynum.

The Pistons signed Billups in part to mentor Knight, but have chosen to replace him with Jennings. They're in a win-now mode, and must figure Jennings gives them a better shot to have success this season than Knight, who hasn't shown he can be a reliable point guard.

Milwaukee drafted Jennings 10th overall in 2009 out of Oak Hill Academy and he averaged 17 points, 5.7 assists and 2.4 turnovers over four seasons with the Bucks, who could've matched any offer made to the restricted free agent this offseason. He averaged a career-high 6.5 assists and 17.5 points last season, a year after averaging a career-best 19.1 points a game.

Instead of keeping a player who might not have wanted to stay, the Bucks are adding to their depth with another young point guard and two players. Detroit drafted Knight eighth overall in 2011 out of Kentucky. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.7 turnovers.

The 6-foot-11 Kravtsov averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 25 games last season as a rookie. Middleton, a second-round pick last year from Texas A&M, averaged 6.1 points in 27 games.

The Bucks, coming off their first postseason in three years, also were finalizing a two-year deal for just under $6 million with free agent combo guard Gary Neal.

After starting his career overseas playing in Italy, Spain and Greece, Neal spent the first three seasons of his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs. He earned a spot on the team after a standout performance in summer league play, then quietly emerged as a potent scorer off the bench for one of the best teams in the West. Neal averaged 9.7 points and shot 38.9 percent from 3-point range in his three seasons in San Antonio.

His 24 points helped the Spurs to a 36-point win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. The Spurs abruptly pulled a qualifying offer from Neal last week after agreeing to terms with shooting guard Marco Bellinelli. Suddenly a free agent, Neal said he is looking forward to joining the Bucks, where coach Larry Drew told him there's an opportunity for a more featured role.

"In San Antonio you had the expectation of being a team that's going to be in the playoffs or make it to the Western Conference finals every year," Neal said in a telephone interview. "Even though Milwaukee doesn't have those same expectations nationally, I have an opportunity to play a bigger role and a bigger part here. As a competitor you look for that situation. This is the first time I've had this role in the NBA."

Neal will help add some scoring punch to a backcourt that lost Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick earlier this summer.

"For the most part it's just something I'm excited about and happy about," Neal said. "Especially talking to coach Drew and ownership, it's something that has me excited. I kind of wish we could start tomorrow."

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