Offseason goal for Dallas Mavericks after Christian Wood trade: 1. Re-sign Brunson
General manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison let fans know on exit interview day that re-signing Jalen Brunson was the team’s top priority. The 25-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He can sign with any team after the Mavericks failed to get an extension done during last season.
Brunson made himself a lot of money by transforming into a full-time starter and the team’s second-leading scorer. He took his game to another level in the postseason as JB averaged over 21 points per game during their conference finals run.
Experts believe Brunson will re-sign with the Mavericks, but the new deal will be for at least $20 million per season. Next season, retaining JB will cost owner Mark Cuban more than $90 million when factoring in the luxury bill. Cuban says he is willing to pay the tab, but fans will hold their breath until a new contract is signed by the 6’1 guard.
The Dallas Mavericks want to improve their roster this summer. They accomplished step one by trading for Christian Wood, but they are not done there. What moves will the Mavs make this offseason? Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.