The Dallas Mavericks wanted to bring back Jalen Brunson, but they never got the chance. The 6’1 guard was set on joining the New York Knicks from the moment they began opening up cap space. Brunson wanted the chance to be the lead ball-handler in New York where he dreamed of playing as a child.
The Mavs drafted JB in the second round in 2018, and structed his contract so he could become an unrestricted free agent after four years. The 25-year-old blossomed from a rookie second-round pick to the team’s second-leading scorer. Brunson averaged 21 points per game in the postseason as Dallas reached the Western Conference Finals.
Fans were upset that Brunson decided to leave in free agency, but he got a massive contract from the Knicks to be the lead ball-handler in New York. It was between the two sides, but the Knicks offered the chance at being the top playmaker and to be closer to his family. Brunson showed plenty of love to Dallas and the Mavericks on July 2, and there are clearly no hard feelings on his side.
Jalen Brunson shows love for the Dallas Mavericks and excitement about his next chapter
Brunson tweeted this about Dallas.
He shared a long heartfelt message on his Instagram where he thanked everyone in the organization and the fans. It is worth checking out if you have seen it yet.
Brunson followed it by Tweeting the following.
It was the Mavericks organization that made mistakes in keeping Jalen Brunson in Dallas. They opened the door for him to become an unrestricted free agent, and sign with the Knicks. There were lessons to be learned, and the Mavs will miss Brunson next season.
The Dallas Mavericks added Christian Wood, JaVale McGee, and Jaden Hardy this offseason, and they may not be done. They have one open roster spot and are still searching the trade market. Stay tuned to see how they replace Jalen Brunson.