The Dallas Mavericks know that Jalen Brunson is a top priority this summer.
However, retaining the standout guard may not be as easy as once thought. The New York Knicks, frequently linked to Brunson because of his father’s ties to the organization, are attempting to shed $25 million in cap space to bring in the star guard, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
This news is the latest domino to fall in the Brunson sweepstakes, following his breakout regular season and a playoff run that saw him average 21 points on 46 percent field goal shooting.
Following the Western Conference finals run, team owner Mark Cuban said the Mavericks are willing to do anything to bring Brunson back. However, with his market value reaching an expected $20 million per season, Dallas is looking at an expensive price tag to retain its breakout guard.
“It’s the top priority,” General Manager Nico Harrison said of re-signing Brunson after the Mavericks lost to the Golden State Warriors. “We got to figure that out. Obviously, we’re not in control of it. But he’s definitely a priority. We want to re-sign him. He knows it. And we want him back. He’ll be a big part of our future.”
Brunson has also said he wants to stay in Dallas. It’s home to him. But if the right offer from the right team comes around, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in a different jersey.
And right now, if the Knicks can clear $25 million in cap space, they may have the offer Brunson and his agent are looking for.
“When it’s time, it’s time,” Brunson said of when he’ll make a free agency decision after the season. “When it happens, it happens. I’m not worried about it right now.”
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