Why Dallas Mavericks need to extend Jalen Brunson: 1. No replacement
Luka Doncic’s rookie max extension kicks next summer, which means the Mavs have $141.6 million committed in salary for the 2022-2023 season without extending Jalen Brunson or Dorian Finney-Smith. The NBA set the luxury tax at $140 million for next season meaning Dallas is already a tax team and will have limited avenues for improving their roster next summer. The Mavericks could make a trade, sign a player with their mid-level exception, or add free agents on minimum contracts.
Dallas does not want to lose Brunson and be forced to try to replace him with their mid-level exception. The Mavs want to add a piece with their mid-level and keep JB because they need more talent around Luka to become serious title contenders. If they let Brunson walk, the Mavericks are not signing two rotation players in free agency and will struggle to find a shot creator as impactful as the 25-year-old guard with the money they will have to offer.
The Dallas Mavericks need to get an extension done with Jalen Brunson as soon as possible. Yes, the 6’1 guard struggled in the playoffs, but the Clippers were the worst matchup for Brunson. He did average 8.0 points per game in 16.3 minutes on 45.5 percent shooting from the field in their first-round series. His numbers decreased from the regular season, but JB can still produce regardless of the matchup.
Dallas Mavericks fans should keep an eye on the contract extension talks for both Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith during training camp. They do not want to let the two key pieces hit free agency, but it takes two to tango. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out.