Why the Dallas Mavericks should not extend Jalen Brunson this summer
The case against re-signing Brunson comes down to money and playoff contributions. The maximum extension he can receive from the Mavs this offseason is four years at $55 million. ESPN’s Bobby Marks details why that is right about at Brunson’s projected value (subscription required).
JB’s production dipped in the playoffs. It was his first NBA postseason experience after he missed the bubble recovering from shoulder surgery. Brunson averaged 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 16.3 minutes per game during the seven-game series against the LA Clippers. He shot 45.5 percent from the field and 46.2 percent on his threes, but the Mavericks were outscored by 56 points during his 114 minutes on the floor.
Dallas wants to jump into title contention. Luka Doncic is on his way to becoming the best player in the world. He might already be there. The Mavs need to start winning in the playoffs to keep him around. Can Brunson contribute more in the playoffs? If not, does the organization want to give him a four-year deal worth $13.75 million per season?
Jalen Brunson will continue to get better, but his size is problematic on the defensive end of the floor. The LA Clippers exploited him in the playoffs. If that keeps happening, JB will never play massive minutes in the postseason.
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