Did the Mavericks make the right move with Jalen Brunson at the trade deadline?

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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Was keeping Jalen Brunson the right move for the Dallas Mavericks?

Brunson has played too well this season to deal him for a first-round pick. He proved he can be a starter on a playoff team. There are questions about how he will perform in the postseason as an undersized guard, but JB is a high-level role player with plenty of room to grow.

The 25-year-old keeps improving and is a fantastic fit next to superstar Luka Doncic. The two have a strong off-court relationship and are both winners. Brunson is shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent on his threes, and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line. His ability to play on or off the ball and just make winning plays is a massive reason why Dallas sits fifth in the West.

The Mavs need to re-sign JB to a long-term deal for this to be the right move. If he walks and leaves Dallas with zero in return, not trading him at the deadline will look like a mistake. Yes, the Mavericks will get this season’s playoff run, but short of winning a championship, it won't be worth losing Brunson for zero compensation.

The Dallas Mavericks believe they can re-sign Jalen Brunson, and the lack of cap space around the league makes it likely they will at least be able to sign-and-trade the 25-year-old if he decides to depart via free agency.