Should the Dallas Mavericks pay Jalen Brunson in free agency?

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The Dallas Mavericks are locked in on their Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, but a massive offseason question looms in the weeks ahead as Jalen Brunson becomes an unrestricted free agent. The 6’1 guard had a breakout fourth NBA season where he became an unquestioned starter and the team’s second-leading scorer. JB made himself more money in the playoffs by helping Dallas reach the West Finals.

The Mavs failed to offer Brunson an extension until it was too late. They could have worked out a deal before this season or even in January, but Dallas wanted to keep their flexibility until after the trade deadline. By the time that rolled around, JB had outplayed the maximum four-year deal worth $55.6 million that the Mavericks were allowed to offer.

Dallas is confident that they will re-sign Brunson after he hits the open market this summer, but should they pay him? He is not a max contract player, so what if another team tries to overpay to secure his services? Here is a look at those scenarios.

Should the Dallas Mavericks pay Jalen Brunson in free agency?

Rumors suggest that Brunson is searching for a four-year deal worth at least $80 million, and he will likely get more in free agency. At least three teams are lining up to try to sign him away from Dallas, so each team must make a strong offer. Do not be surprised to JB sign for closer to $100 million on July 1.

Should the Dallas Mavericks pay Jalen Brunson? Here is the case for and against before reaching a verdict.