Knicks to offer Jalen Brunson $110 million deal?

Chris Haynes: When free agency opens on Thursday, the New York Knicks are expected to present Jalen Brunson a four-year offer in the vicinity of $110 million, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Source: Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Jalen Brunson is about to leave the Dallas Mavericks in free agency.
Luka Doncic is reportedly one of the reasons for the departure 🤔… – 1:51 AM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
To me Jalen Brunson would have had more reps, as well as much better coaching and spacing, if he stayed in Dallas. With Randle and Barrett as 2 high usage lefties wanting to attack from the right side of the floor, plus below average spacing, he’d max his potential more in DAL – 11:40 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Yahoo Sources: The offer the New York Knicks are prepared to present Jalen Brunson when free agency opens on Thursday.… – 11:18 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Jalen Brunson would be the 14th-highest paid PG in the NBA next season if he gets the $110ish million @Chris Haynes reported. He’d start next season making roughly $25 million if contract has ascending salary. He’d be 12th-highest paid PG ($29 mil) if his contract is descending. – 11:11 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jalen Brunson seeing how much money the Knicks are going to offer him – 11:06 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
With all the talk of Jalen Brunson, it’s interesting to revisit the 2018 draft. He was a winner, the national POY; yet fell to the Mavs at 33.
Pacers took Aaron Holiday 10 spots earlier at 23. He could be a free agent, too, if PHX doesn’t tender a QO.… – 11:05 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks could structure the Jalen Brunson contract on a descending scale, as @TheCohencidence prophetically suggested recently, after this deal. A descending 4-year deal of around $110M could start slightly above $29M. Knicks are $29.4M below cap now without waiving Taj Gibson. – 11:04 PM

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Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
This evening, Woj has used the following descriptors regarding the Knicks’ anticipated offer to Jalen Brunson once free agency starts:
“overwhelming offer”
“massive four-year offer”
“in the neighborhood of a max contract” – 11:00 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks clear the cap and ready for all-in free agent pursuit of Jalen Brunson — deal Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks to Pistons, source confirms… via @Newsday – 10:58 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
When free agency opens on Thursday, the New York Knicks are expected to present Jalen Brunson a four-year offer in the vicinity of $110 million, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 10:51 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on New York trading Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks to Detroit, an unloading of salaries that allows for the Knicks to make a near-maximum contract offer to guard Jalen Brunson once free agency opens on Thursday: – 10:51 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
FWIW, @John Hollinger has Jalen Brunson valued at $29.37 million in free agency. So if the Knicks get him for around $30 million starting salary that might not be a drastic overvaluation by them.… – 10:48 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
How good is Jalen Brunson?
Better yet…
If every NBA player became free agents and all 30 teams conducted a mock draft in which only the next 4 years mattered, where would Jalen Brunson be selected? – 10:25 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Jalen Brunson would match everything Tom Thibodeau values in players—-winner, toughness, durability, reliability. When you embody those attributes, Thibs has your back for life. (Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng . . .) – 10:22 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jalen Brunson is certainly good, but not THIS good. – 10:21 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
We gonna have Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle and Barrett all making 100 million on the seventh best team in the eastern conference – 10:18 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
So if Jalen Brunson is going to get a 4 year deal starting at $30 million from the Knicks, I don’t see the Raptors having much negotiating room on a Fred VanVeet extension that can be as high as 3/$89m or 4/$114m. – 10:15 PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
1. I like Jalen Brunson’s game a lot.
2. Jalen Brunson deserves all the money he can get.
3. I dislike how this situation + contract + team is going to raise the bar for him, possibly unfairly. – 10:14 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Sources confirmed ESPN report that Alec Burks & Nerlens Noel will be traded to DET, which opens up roughly $30M in cap space (depending on nonguaranteed NYK salaries). This gives NYK enough room to make competitive offer to FA Jalen Brunson, whom they are favorites to land. – 10:09 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
I wonder how the Knicks seem so sure that Jalen Brunson will want to come there. NBA rules clearly state that teams must wait until 6:01 p.m. on June 30 to entice, induce or persuade anybody who is under contract with another team in order to negotiate for their services. – 10:06 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
There has to be a price point for Dallas to walk away from Jalen Brunson.
Signing the guard to a $30M contract would have cost the Mavericks a total of $130M in salary/tax in one season for Brunson alone. – 10:05 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I think the funniest thing would be if the Knicks did all of this just for Jalen Brunson to end up surprising everyone and re-signing with the Mavericks – 10:03 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
These dudes moved mountains for Jalen Brunson. – 10:03 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
I LOVE Jalen Brunson. He is all about winning and all the right things … but this is still so Leon Rose, Willie Wesley and the Knicks. – 10:02 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I like Jalen Brunson a lot, but I don’t like him for probably over twice as much as Tyus Jones is going to get. – 9:59 PM

Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
This really all is a hell of a lot of effort for Jalen Brunson. – 9:57 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
When Sam Presti talks about not taking shortcuts or hitting the accelerate button on OKC’s rebuild to end up in a short term gain but hurt the long term future, he meant not giving up assets to give Jalen Brunson a max contract. – 9:55 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Knicks have cleared $30M in salary cap space to offer Dallas’ Jalen Brunson in the neighborhood of a max contract. The unloading of assets and contracts clearly shows the Knicks’ confidence that they can secure Brunson once free agency opens on Thursday. – 9:54 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
The Knicks. moving and shaking with free agency two days away.
I genuinely cannot wait to see this Jalen Brunson offer. – 9:53 PM

Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
“Clearing the way for cap space for Jalen Brunson” is something we’re gonna be like “Huh?” in 2 years from now. – 9:49 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
the knicks dumped alec burks AND nerlens noel so they could sign jalen brunson ….and keep taj gibson – 9:48 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
So would you rather have Jalen Brunson or Tim Hardaway Jr.😐 – 9:45 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Knicks are trading center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks to the Pistons, sources tell ESPN. The Knicks will unload $19M more in salary, clearing the way for cap space to try and sign free agent guard Jalen Brunson. – 9:43 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
My latest on the Knicks’ expected signing of Jalen Brunson in free agency and Dallas’ response options after the likely departure of its second-best player:…
ALSO published my One Year In reflections on Substacking earlier today:… – 8:41 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The most important takeaway from the Jalen Brunson news is that if the Knicks do sign him, they are 3/5 of the way to an all lefty lineup. – 8:40 PM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
I’m a big Jalen Brunson fan. He was one of my first Hidden Gems, way back in April. I spot-shadowed a ton of his games back then to identify his strengths & weaknesses. Explains why the Knicks want to give him the bag:… – 8:32 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Truly CAAn’t believe Jalen Brunson is signing with the Knicks. They must believe he CAAn help them get to the next level. – 6:34 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
If Jalen Brunson ends up with the Knicks, it’ll be fascinating to see how he fits into an offense with two top scorers, Barrett and Randle, who are best inside the arc, as well as possibly a rim-diving 5. Brunson is so effective in part bc of his rinkydink moves inside the arc. – 6:26 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
ESPN story on the Knicks emerging as the strong favorites to sign Mavs free agent guard Jalen Brunson:… – 6:22 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Source: Mavericks expect Jalen Brunson will sign with New York Knicks in free agency… – 5:41 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
jalen brunson is really good and not an egregious overpay.
actual issue is the process by which the knicks get here—and that brunson is someone you prioritize when you already have The Guy, not when you don’t even have someone on your roster to be/grow into The Guy. – 5:40 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Point guards to average 15+ PPG and 50+ FG% in 2022:
— Jrue Holiday
— Jalen Brunson – 5:38 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jalen Brunson took off in the 2022 playoffs:
— 7th in total points
— 2-1 without Luka
— 2nd most OREB by a guard
— Outscored Booker and CP3 combined in a game 7
Time to get paid. – 5:32 PM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
i’ll add to the chorus: the Mavericks have had a belief for at least the past couple weeks, multiple sources tell me, that Jalen Brunson would sign with the Knicks. at this point, it’s seen as a certainty. – 5:22 PM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
If Jalen Brunson called his dad for Father’s Day, it’s gonna cost the Knicks a second round draft pick. – 5:00 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
as punishment for tampering with jalen brunson before the start of free agency, the knicks will be allowed by the nba to continue their run of aimless self-sabotage, league sources say – 4:55 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: A few Knicks notes, including NYK’s plans for Jericho Sims’ contract, TOR being among the teams interested in Nerlens Noel & opposing teams under impression NYK will be active beyond Jalen Brunson:… – 4:53 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Part of the Knicks pitch to Jalen Brunson, I’m told, is the opportunity to be a full time point guard. In Dallas, Brunson can play with Luka. But Luka is the de facto point guard. In New York, Brunson would run the show. – 4:47 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
At this point, it’s widely anticipated that Jalen Brunson will go to the Knicks on a four-year deal in excess of $100M. It remains to be seen how New York will clear the rest of the necessary cap space and whether the Mavs can work a sign-and-trade to recoup assets. – 4:44 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“It really does sound like his number is going north of $25 million a year”
@Jake Fischer tells @EvCoRadio & @Brian Geltzeiler why the #Mavericks have lost confidence since draft night that Jalen Brunson will return to Dallas #NewYorkForever #MFFL – 3:03 PM

Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Looked back at the recent history of players who dramatically increased their usage after changing teams in free agency to understand what might happen if Jalen Brunson and Deandre Ayton do so this summer: (ESPN+) – 1:04 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: Knicks have optimism about landing Jalen Brunson; multiple teams have degree of interest in acquiring Alec Burks:… – 12:32 PM

More on this storyline


The Dallas Mavericks have been anticipating Jalen Brunson’s likely departure for weeks, multiple league sources tell The Athletic, and it’s now seen as a certainty that the 25-year-old guard will sign with the New York Knicks when free agency opens on Thursday. -via The Athletic / June 29, 2022

Actual negotiations aren’t supposed to start until after 6 PM ET on Thursday evening, but league sources say there was a growing sense of surrender in Dallas on Tuesday to the idea that Brunson indeed wants all those opportunities in New York — essentially that he wants to be a Knick. -via / June 29, 2022

While only Dallas can offer a five-year contract and still has the ability to put a richer offer on the table than New York, sources indicate that the Mavericks don’t expect to be able to sway Brunson at this point. It is more likely, sources say, that Dallas will try to engage the Knicks in sign-and-trade talks to try to salvage a measure of compensation (and perhaps a trade exception) by trying to collaborate with New York on a deal. -via / June 29, 2022



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