The Dallas Mavericks are catching fire and making a run up the standings. Luka Doncic is leading the way, but the third-year breakout from Jalen Brunson has added new elements to the Mavs offense. The 6’1 guard can score at all three levels, make plays, and gives Dallas a secondary creator on the floor.
Brunson’s numbers are outstanding. He is averaging 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 25.7 minutes per game. JB has connected on 52.6 percent of his field goals and 39.2 percent of his 3-point tries. The 24-year-old is garnering attention in the Sixth Man of the Year race and continues to impress.
The Mavericks have a decision to make this offseason. Brunson has a non-guaranteed $1.8 million contract for next season. Dallas can make him a restricted free agent this offseason or guarantee his deal and allow him to be an unrestricted free agent in 2022. Opposing teams are already lining up for his services.
Rumors: Knicks interested in Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that the New York Knicks are keeping tabs on Brunson. He notes that New York could even bring in his father Rick Brunson as an assistant coach to try to lure Jalen to the Big Apple.
The Knicks better get in line if they want Brunson. Every team will be after the 24-year-old point guard if he becomes an unrestricted free agent, but the Mavericks have no plans of letting him play for another team. They made Brunson virtually untouchable at the trade deadline. The 6’1 guard continues to improve and the Mavs plan on making him a core piece of their foundation going forward.
Fans should not put much stock in this rumor. The Dallas Mavericks plan on keeping Jalen Brunson long-term. Do not be surprised to see him agree to an extension in the offseason. The best is still yet to come from Brunson and the Mavs, so do not miss it.