The Dallas Mavericks lost their playoff opener to the Utah Jazz on April 16. Luka Doncic missed the contest with a calf injury, and the Mavs certainly missed their superstar. They had a chance to win, but just could not secure the victory down the stretch, despite 24 points, seven rebounds, and five dimes from Jalen Brunson.
It was a chance for JB to take over as the lead ball-handler before he heads into unrestricted free agency this summer. Multiple teams have rumored interest in Brunson, including the New York Knicks. JB’s family has strong ties to the Knicks brass, and they have been after the 6’1 guard since Leon Rose took over the front office.
The Knicks brought a strong scouting contingent to Dallas on Saturday afternoon for Game 1 of the Mavericks versus Jazz playoff series. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, they were there to scout multiple potential offseason targets, including Brunson. Get the latest here.
Rumors: Knicks attend Mavericks vs. Jazz Game 1 to scout Jalen Brunson
New York had three members of its front office in attendance with executive vice president William Wesley leading the charge. He was flanked by Allan Houston and Makhtar N’diaye as the group chatted with Knicks star and Dallas native Julius Randle. Fans can see some photos courtesy of Marc Stein below.
Berman notes that the Knicks were likely there to watch Brunson and Jazz star, Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is under contract with the Jazz next season, but there has been plenty of speculation that the team will blow it up if they make an early playoff exit. New York is certainly in the market for a ball-handler this offseason.
The New York Knicks are planning to pursue Jalen Brunson this summer, but can they sign him away from the Dallas Mavericks? It is certainly a story to watch as the 25-year-old heads into free agency. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest Mavs rumors and analysis.