“Well, they’ll get another (point guard),” Vaccaro said. “That’s not uncommon in all of Europe. Every European team has a buyout when they sign someone for substantial money, meaning if Brandon is drafted and he goes to the NBA next year, then the team that drafts him will pay a buyout fee to the club. The money balances out. The Knicks paid a buyout to get Danilo Gallinari.”
Will every NBA team scout Jennings next year?
“Every NBA team now has European scouts,” Vaccaro said. “He’ll be scouted more here than he would’ve been at Arizona.”
What does this all mean for the NBA and its 19-year-old age limit?
“What we’re doing is basically what (NBA Commissioner) David (Stern) said we could do,” Vaccaro said. “David said that he’s not telling the kids that they have to go to college. They could play basketball in the NBDL or in Europe. And Brandon’s going to play in Europe.
“This is not a direct affront to the NBA at all. It’s what is in the rules today as we know them. Brandon Jennings just had no desire to go through all the other stuff. He just wanted to be a professional and he did it.”
Vaccaro insisted that Jennings did qualify for Arizona, but chose not to attend.
“He passed, they flagged it (his test scores),” Vaccaro said. “He just said he was going to (go to Europe). He basically said he wants to go and learn more.”
Now that Jennings has made this decision, will others follow? Will Lance Stephenson, Derrick Caracter or Renardo Sidney follow suit?
Stephenson, a 6-5 guard who has led Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School to three straight PSAL championships, said he would wait and see how the Jennings Saga turns out before making a decision about his own future.“I’m looking at Brandon right now, see how he’s doing. If he goes there [to Europe] then I’ll see how it is,” Stephenson said recently. “If I do it, then I’ll do it, but right now I’m thinking about college.” The 6-10 Sidney, also considered one of the elite players in the Class of 2009 and a friend of Stephenson, might also consider going overseas, although he has a long list of top American colleges courting him. “Brandon’s decision will definitely have an effect on the younger kids,” Sidney’s father, Renardo Sidney Sr., told FoxSports.com. “For us, it’s definitely an option.” Vaccaro wouldn’t speculate on who might follow Jennings, but believes someone will.
“Do I think somebody will do it in the future?” Vaccaro asked. “Absolutely. But I think what Brandon did was show the way.Young people’s parents have already called me.”