The Dallas Mavericks are at risk of losing Jalen Brunson for nothing. The 25-year-old had a breakout fourth NBA season where he became the team’s second-leading scorer and their most important piece behind Luka Doncic. JB averaged over 21 points per game in the postseason and earned a hefty raise next season.
The unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any team this summer, but it appears the race is just down to the New York Knicks and the Mavericks. Despite repeated rumblings of it being a lock that Brunson would be back in Dallas, things have shifted to where he appears most likely to be Knicks lead ball-handler next season.
What should the Mavs do if they lose Brunson? They have limited flexibility, but there are five key things to do if the 6’1 guard decides he would rather play in New York.
What should Dallas Mavericks do if Jalen Brunson signs with Knicks in free agency?
The Mavs will be over the luxury tax line even if Brunson leaves in free agency. That means the only tools at their disposal will be the taxpayer mid-level exception for $6.3 million next season and minimum contracts.
The Mavericks cannot panic and rush into a bad move if Brunson ends up in New York. They still have Luka Doncic, and he alone makes up for a lot of mistakes. Dallas should be looking for rotation pieces that fit around number 77 and can make a postseason impact.
Here are five things the Mavs should do if Jalen Brunson decides to leave for New York.