Former Dallas Mavericks who changed teams this offseason: Brunson heads to Knicks
The highest-profile former Maverick to change organizations this summer was Jalen Brunson. The 6’1 guard had a breakout fourth NBA season in Dallas where he became a full-time starter and the team’s second-leading scorer. Brunson averaged 21.6 points per game in the playoffs, and he found a way to excel playing next to superstar Luka Doncic.
The Mavs made re-signing Brunson their top offseason priority, but the front office had already made too many mistakes. JB got a four-year deal worth more than $100 million from the Knicks, which was just too good to pass up. Brunson’s father is an assistant coach in New York, and he has close family ties with Knicks president Leon Rose and head coach Tom Thibodeau.
The 26-year-old is still a massive success story for the Mavericks organization. They helped him go from second-round pick to earning a $100 million contract in four years. It is a testament to Brunson’s work ethic, but the Mavs deserve credit for recognizing his talent and helping him become a star.
The Dallas Mavericks letting him walk and getting zero return is a massive blunder that could cost the franchise for years to come. They had the chance to sign him to a four-year deal worth $55.6 million in the summer of 2021, and the team never made the offer. That will continue to haunt them, but all they can do is move on at this point.
Dallas Mavericks fans should be rooting for Jalen Brunson in New York. He will be the Knicks starting point guard this season, and they believe he will continue improving. Can JB become an All-Star in New York? Stay tuned to find out.