The Knicks appear to be working to clear up cap space to make a big push for Jalen Brunson, and the Mavericks reportedly believe that if New York has the financial flexibility to offer a competitive contract, the point guard will end up in New York.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, there is “a growing resignation” within Dallas that the Knicks are Brunson’s top choice and his “inevitable destination,” which, in the eyes of the Knicks, would finally solve their crippling cold streak of searching for a stable solution at the point guard position.
Knicks brass was in attendance to watch Brunson in action with Dallas during the postseason, and recently dealt away Kemba Walker to shed his salary on a draft night that saw the Knicks elect on freeing up cap space and acquiring future draft capital instead of making a lottery pick. Now, recent supports suggest the team has discussed trading Nerlens Noel to shed more salary, and Alec Burks could be another piece on the move to make way for Brunson.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon also reports that New York is "widely anticipated" to sign Brunson to a four-year deal for more than $100 million, but of course, they still need to clear the cap space to afford that contract. So expect Noel or Burks to be moved to make room for Brunson.
Brunson averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game last season, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 37 percent from downtown while averaging 4.8 assists per game.
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