Rumors: Pistons eye Jalen Brunson: Could pursue Mavericks guard in free agency

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The Dallas Mavericks need to keep Jalen Brunson. The fourth-year guard is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he has transformed into a key starter and role player for Dallas. Brunson is averaging 16.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 31.7 minutes per game this season.

If the Mavs believe they will be unable to re-sign him this summer, they should trade him before Thursday’s deadline. Multiple teams are interested in JB, but Dallas remains confident they can ink him to a long-term deal. Brunson reportedly wants anywhere from $18 to $20 million per season in his next contract, and the Mavs appear ready to meet that price.

The Detroit Pistons are a team to watch in the race to take Brunson away from Dallas. They wanted him in return for Jerami Grant but could target JB in free agency. Here is a look at the latest rumor and what it means for the Mavs.

Rumors: Pistons want Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer dropped the latest rumors on Feb. 8, and he noted Detroit’s interest in Brunson. They could pursue him this summer on the open market as the Pistons will be one of a handful of teams with cap space.

Would Jalen Brunson leave the Mavericks to head to Detroit to play with 2021 number one overall draft pick Cade Cunningham? Are the Pistons willing to offer him $20 million per season to convince him to join their organization?

Detroit is a serious threat to sign Jalen Brunson this summer when the 6’1 guard hits free agency. The Dallas Mavericks are still the favorites to retain his services, but there will be multiple teams primed with strong offers when Brunson hits free agency. It will be a story to watch in the months ahead, so stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.

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