Apr 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings (right) talks with teammate point guard Monta Ellis (left) in the second half during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 98-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Prefer Monta Ellis Over Brandon Jennings?

With a payroll of over $62 million dollars this year, the Milwaukee Bucks are going to have some financial decisions to make for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Fourth year guard Brandon Jennings will enter free agency as a restricted free agent while Monta Ellis, who the Bucks acquired in in the 2010-11 season, has an early termination clause in his contract, assuming he opts to exercise it. The option would pay Ellis $11 million dollars for the upcoming season, however, it appears that the Bucks might prefer that he decline it so they can re-sign him to a longer, more lucrative deal – at least according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Per Stein:

And a free-agent rumble: There’s a rising belief in exec circles that Bucks prefer to re-sign Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings this summer

For the Bucks, who finished a paltry 38-44 this past season, it’s a tough decision but one that needs to be made. Investing in one of the volume scorers is difficult enough but to invest in both? Not an envious position for any general manager.

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