Dallas Mavericks player most likely to be traded before 2022 deadline: 5. Jalen Brunson
Brunson had a breakout third season and is looking to build on it this year. The 25-year-old guard finished fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting after averaging 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. He is a skilled backup point guard that consistently makes difficult shots.
Brunson was a second-round pick in 2018 and is entering the final year of his contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022 because of the way the Mavs structured his first deal. JB is extension eligible, but no deal is in place. If contract talks breakdown or Brunson lets it be known he wants out, the Mavericks could look to trade him before the deadline.
That scenario appears unlikely, but Brunson could be the key to Dallas landing a significant upgrade. He is making just $1.8 million this season, but a rebuilding team could extend him and view him a building block. Brunson has averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game on a 58.0 true shooting percentage over 66 contests as a starter.
The Mavericks reportedly made Jalen Brunson untouchable at the 2021 trade deadline, so the most likely scenario is he stays in Dallas long-term, but it is a situation worth monitoring.