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5 teams that will be chasing Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson in free agency

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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The Dallas Mavericks have helped Jalen Brunson take his game to another level this season. The 25-year-old became a full-time starter next to Luka Doncic in the backcourt, and he is the team’s second-best player.

Dallas made a massive decision when they decided to trade Kristaps Porzingis before the deadline. It was confirmation that he was never going to turn into the second star that the team hoped for when they acquired him in Jan. 2019. The deal gives the Mavs front office more flexibility in reshaping the roster around Doncic moving forward.

The team plans to make more moves in the offseason, and they have a massive decision to make on Jalen Brunson. He is an unrestricted free agent because of the way Dallas structured his rookie contract. Will the Mavs be able to re-sign him? Brunson will have plenty of suitors on the open market.

5 teams that will pursue Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson in free agency

The Mavs need to re-sign JB. He has become their second-best player, and Dallas has no way of replacing him if he signs elsewhere. Brunson is reportedly searching for $80 million, and his current team must make a competitive offer if they want to keep him in Texas.

Cap space will be at a premium in the offseason, and JB will have limited options to sign outright. Others will be pursuing Brunson in sign-and-trades, meaning the Dallas Mavericks are likely to get some compensation if he decides to sign elsewhere. Here are five teams that will be pursuing Jalen Brunson when he hits the open market.

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