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Report: Bucks considering keeping Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings


As we’ve told you before, the Bucks have an interesting postseason ahead of them because their entire backcourt are free agents — Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick are unrestricted free agents (Ellis has to opt out but is widely expected to), Brandon Jennings is restricted (meaning the Bucks can match any offer).

Because they can match, and because he is younger, the original conventional wisdom was the Bucks would keep Jennings by matching any offer and let the other two go.

But that may be changing, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

There is some logic to that if they are willing to spend and keep Redick, too. Ellis and Redick were +6.2 points per 100 possessions when paired this season; Jennings and Redick were -10.5. (For fun, Ellis and Jennings were -2.7 but were by far the most heavily used combo.)

Ellis and Redick played well together, although there are some serious defensive questions about that backcourt pairing over the long haul.

Again, this may come down to both money and whom they can get. Ellis and Redick are unrestricted and can take any offer they want — and there are reports Redick wants out. Jennings the Bucks can match if they want.

Would you really want Ellis over Jennings for the long-term? Maybe that’s a question they should ask their new coach when they hire one, since he’s the guy that has to try and set up a system to make this backcourt work.