In a highly-expected move, the Knicks have reportedly locked up their hopeful point guard of the future.
According to reports, Jalen Brunson will have agreed to a four-year deal worth roughly $110 million with New York shortly after free agency opens across the NBA on Thursday night. In the days leading up to free agency, many saw Brunson to the Knicks as an inevitability, with the Mavericks reportedly shifting towards efforts to work out a trade with the Nets for Kyrie Irving to replace Brunson.
According to Marc Stein, the Mavericks' scheduled meeting with Brunson set to take place at the start of free agency on Thursday night was called off after Brunson committed to the Knicks. And Shams Charania reports that Dallas didn't get their chance to make an offer.
Dallas, did, however, have a chance to make Brunson an offer on multiple occasions, but they passed up the opportunities to do so.
According to Tim MacMahon, Dallas could have sewn up a four-year, $55.5 million contract extension with Brunson before the season, but they didn't offer him a deal after he struggled in the team's 2021 first-round playoff series loss to the Clippers in 2021.
Dallas also passed on making him an offer in the middle of the season after Brunson cemented himself into the starting lineup for good following his stellar play as a fill-in while Doncic was injured.
With Brunson's future up in the air, the Knicks put on a full-court press to bring him to New York.
Knicks brass was in attendance to watch Brunson during the playoffs this past season, where he shined in the Dallas backcourt, averaging 21.6 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. Overall, the 25-year-old averaged a career-high 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game during the regular season, shooting 50 percent from the field and 37 percent from downtown.
The Knicks’ signing of Brunson was possible after clearing cap space to allow such a signing. Since the NBA Draft, New York shed salaries of Kemba Walker, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel. Now, they hope the former second-round pick in Brunson can finally end a prolonged stretch of failed point guard experiments for the franchise.