Jalen Brunson signs four-year deal with New York Knicks
Jalen Brunson, one of the most coveted free agents in the 2022 NBA Free Agent market, has signed a four-year, $104 million deal with the New York Knicks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Woj reported earlier Thursday evening that he was meetings with the Knicks Thursday night after receiving a five-year $106 million offer from the Dallas Mavericks.
Brunson was one of Dallas’ best players last year.
Last season, he posted averages of 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists – shooting 50.2 percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 84.0 percent from the charity stripe. Last postseason, he averaged 21.6 points on 46.6/34.7/80.0 shooting splits — including a 41-point, eight-rebound, five-assist, six-3s performance in Game 2 of the opening round against the Utah Jazz sans Luka Doncic.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old has plenty of ties with New York, too.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau recently re-united with Jalen Brunson’s dad and trainer, Rick, as an assistant coach; Brunson has a previous connection with Knicks guard Derrick Rose, dating back to Rose’s days in Chicago, too.
I still question some of the additional moves made by the New York Knicks on draft night to free up cap-space for this exact move — if it officially goes through when Free Agency *officially* begins at 6 p.m. EST. I was dead wrong about Dallas re-signing Brunson and letting him go for nothing – both of which appear to be happening, at least of right now.
Props to the Knicks brain trust for getting this done, or draft night and their offseason would’ve presumably looked liked a disaster. Now they have one of the best young point guards in the league! Their fan base should be happy (especially after the latest NBA news developing on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge.)
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