Brandon Jennings declared his independence from the Orlando Magic on Monday. As Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports, the free-agent guard has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the New York Knicks. In Gotham, figures to back up Derrick Rose and former Magic swingman Courtney Lee.
Orlando acquired Jennings from the Detroit Pistons in the Tobias Harris deal at the NBA trade deadline. The 26-year-old shot 36.6 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent on three-pointers in 25 appearances in pinstripes, including six starts. Flashes of the former rookie scoring record-holder came few and far between--Jennings has lost some explosiveness after suffering an Achilles' tear--but he nonetheless turned in a few solid performances, including a 12-point, 11-dime outing in a victory over the Denver Nuggets.
While the Magic talked up Jennings' toughness, experience, and leadership in the days after acquiring him, the real draw all along was his expiring contract. Orlando has overhauled its roster since the free-agent negotiation period began by agreeing to sign Bismack Biyombo, Jeff Green, and D.J. Augustin.
Orlando will have several options to replace Jennings: in addition to the newcomer Augustin, the team has Elfrid Payton, Shabazz Napier, and C.J. Watson under contract.