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Mavericks: Why Dallas needs to extend Jalen Brunson

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The Dallas Mavericks agreed to a historic five-year contract extension with Luka Doncic this summer, but he may not the only one. The organization has two other key players eligible for extensions in Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith. Per CBA rules, both players can sign four-year deals for a maximum of $55 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks (subscription required).

The Mavs must get new contracts done with both players before they hit the open market. Finney-Smith has gone from undrafted rookie fighting for a roster spot during training camp to one of the most underrated 3-and-D wings in the league. The case for agreeing to a new deal with him is massive.

Jalen Brunson is a key piece for the Mavericks moving forward, and the organization reportedly made him untouchable at last season’s trade deadline. The 25-year-old has more room to grow, and here is a closer look at why Dallas needs to extend Brunson.

Why the Dallas Mavericks must extend Jalen Brunson

Draft night in 2018 was a franchise-altering one of the Mavericks. They traded up to secure the rights to Luka Doncic and took Brunson in the early second round. The duo quickly became the team’s top two point guards. Brunson had a third-year breakout that put him in the running for Sixth Man of the Year, and he improves the Mavs chemistry off the court.

Here are three reasons why the Dallas Mavericks need to extend Jalen Brunson before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022.