Dallas Mavericks rumors: Jalen Brunson deal expected moments after free agency opens

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson / Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks need to re-sign Jalen Brunson this offseason. The 25-year-old heads into unrestricted free agency after a breakout fourth NBA season that saw him become a full-time, and Dallas has no design of letting him get away. Rumors suggest that he will re-sign with the Mavericks.

Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News expects JB’s new deal to be announced quickly after free agency opens on June 30. The Mavericks love to act fast, and getting a deal done is in the best interest of both sides.

Jake Fischer reported on his podcast Please Don’t Aggregate This that Brunson’s new deal is expected to have a $25 million average annual value, and that sources have told him that the 6’1 guard is telling current and former teammates he is heading back to Dallas. Fischer made it clear that he was not reporting it is finalized, but all signs point to Brunson staying with the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Jalen Brunson deal expected moments after free agency opens

The Mavs are projected to be a luxury tax team before re-signing Jalen Brunson, which means Dallas will struggle to replace the 6’1 guard if he signs elsewhere. A new deal at $25 million per season will also cost Dallas more than $90 million when factoring in the luxury tax payments.

If Townsend is correct, fans won’t have to wait long to know if Brunson is coming back. Free agency opens at 5 p.m. CT on June 30. Kristaps Porzingis’ max deal with the Mavericks back in 2019 was announced literally seconds after free agency opened.

There are still questions about his new contract. Will Jalen Brunson get a fifth year from the Mavericks or does he sign a four-year pact? Will the final year be a player option? Do the Mavs give him a fully guaranteed contract or are their incentives to reach? Stay tuned for all the latest.

Next. 5 Mavs offseason goals after Christian Wood trade. dark