Jalen Brunson reportedly telling teammates he is returning to Mavericks

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More signs appear to point toward Jalen Brunson returning to the Dallas Mavericks.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer said on his “Please Don’t Aggregate This” podcast that the Mavericks remain the leader in the clubhouse.

“The only threat looming is New York [Knicks],” Fischer said. “[Dallas] is by far the leader in the clubhouse. I’ve even heard he has told former teammates and current teammates that it’s kinda basically a done deal.”

This echoes what Fischer said earlier on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ.

“Everyone around the league outside of New York is definitely operating under the assumption that Jalen will be sticking around Dallas long term,” he said.

The Knicks are reportedly clearing salary cap space to make a run at Brunson, who declined a four-year, $55 million extension with the Mavs prior to the season.

Fischer reported that Brunson will likely command “well over $20 million a year.”

The 25-year-old averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last year for the Mavericks, all career highs, while shooing 50% from the field.

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