Does Jalen Brunson re-sign with Dallas Mavericks if money is equal in free agency?

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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Case for Jalen Brunson re-signing with Dallas Mavericks

Brunson took a massive leap forward in his first season under head coach Jason Kidd. It is easy to forget that he averaged just 16.3 minutes per game in the 2021 playoff series against the LA Clippers and saw just over 10 minutes of action in the decisive Game 7. This season, Brunson became a starter and the team’s second-leading scorer as he helped them reach the Western Conference Finals.

The Mavericks failed to offer JB an extension until it was too late, but Dallas wants him back. Owner Mark Cuban made that clear immediately after his team was eliminated by the Warriors, and he even noted that they can offer him the most money. The Mavericks are the only team that can give him a fifth year, and his Bird Rights allows Dallas to exceed the salary cap to re-sign the 25-year-old.

The Dallas Mavericks are the only team Jalen Brunson has played for in his NBA career. He thrives in his role next to Luka Doncic and has improved every year.

The 6’1 guard may never be an All-Star, but he projects to be a solid starter for the next decade. Brunson is a valuable piece that enjoys playing for the Mavericks. Both sides should want to agree to a new deal.