Jalen Brunson wins toss against Mavericks, Knicks?

I’ve been asked several times since my Jalen Brunson Contest article Friday to handicap which team is ahead to sign the coveted point guard in free agency. This cannot yet be done with precision. The Knicks have unquestionably positioned themselves as a very real threat to the Mavericks, but only Brunson and his father, Knicks assistant coach Rick Brunson, know precisely where things stand. The closest thing to certainty on Brunson’s front at this point, as Thursday’s bell at 6 p.m. ET for the actual start of free agency approaches, is that Detroit and Indiana are no longer mentioned as potential destinations.
Source: Marc Stein @ marcstein.substack.com

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer

Here’s why Tyus Jones, not Jalen Brunson, should be the New York #Knicks Target #1 when free agency begins next week:
tommybeer.substack.com/p/what-if-the-… – 12:33 p.m.

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds

Many, many things confuse me these days, and at the top of the list is this: Jalen Brunson is a very good player, but when did he become the guy Absolute Must Have For The Knicks Or Else They Will Remain Bad forever? – 12:30 p.m.

chuck cooperstein @coopmavs

I don’t know Jalen Brunson’s final decision, but if he stays with the Mavericks, I’m going to have a pretty good laugh at the national media (mostly based in New York) who after @NBA Draft, speak as if his departure for the Knicks was a done deal – 11:44 am

Steve Popper @Steve Popper

NBA Sunday Insider: Silver lining for the Knicks after NBA Draft? Cap space to pursue Jalen Brunson; Repechage winners and losers; Plus the Knicks beyond the first round
newsday.com/sports/column… via @Newsday8:16

Steve Popper @Steve Popper

NBA Sunday Insider: Silver lining for the Knicks after NBA Draft? Cap space to pursue Jalen Brunson; Repechage winners and losers; and the Knicks beyond the first round newsday.com/sports/columni… via @Newsday6:49 p.m.

Mark Stein @LaLigneStein

A massive week is looming in the NBA. Working to nail on a Sunday night @SpotifyLive meeting to set everything up.
In the meantime… here’s yesterday’s post-draft article on the Jalen Brunson contest: marcstein.substack.com/p/brunson-swee…
Coaching and free agency last: – 4:18 p.m.

Fred Katz @FredKatz

For what it’s worth, dealing Reddish without earning a salary would net the Knicks about $22 million below the cap. That’s a legit starting salary for Jalen Brunson, but I don’t know if he’s a winner or not. They may have to clear more space than that. – 12:47

Michael Scotto @Mike AScotto

History: The Knicks could trade Cam Reddish to create more cap space for a run at Jalen Brunson. When New York tried to trade for Pistons guard Jaden Ivey, Reddish was part of the deal, sources said. Taj Gibson could also be deleted. Safer @Jorge Sierra. hoopshype.com/lists/nba-rumo… – 12:12 p.m.

Steve Popper @Steve Popper

As Leon Rose happily praises the financial flexibility, the Knicks look ready to use it. Jalen Brunson’s Ties to the Knicks Could Be a Negotiator newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday8:32

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS

If the Mavs think they’re losing Jalen Brunson to the Knicks, I think they should commit the Pacers + Knicks to a 3-way deal to land Malcolm Brogdon.
The Knicks need to use another FRP to free up space for Brunson. If you’re Dallas, why not do an S&T and redirect that pick to Indy? – 10:31 p.m.

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

To watch in the next few days:
The Dallas Mavericks have a $10.8 million traded player exception that expires June 27 when they traded Josh Richardson to Boston last year.
It would increase the tax bill (more and more if Jalen Brunson re-signs), but it’s available. – 7:54 p.m.

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer

Full episode of “Please Don’t Aggregate This” with analytics *cough* @SethPartnow is live @getcallin.
Conversation on Jalen Brunson, Dejounte Murray, telling draft night stories, what Indiana and Atlanta have on the trade table, and more:
callin.com/link/bNkqwKxlgH – 6:47 p.m.

Eddie Sefko @Esefko

What the draft night means for Jalen Brunson, plus other takeaways from a strong night for the Mavericks.
mavs.com/2022-draft-tak… – 5:27 p.m.

Steve Popper @Steve Popper

Knicks move the space cleared – now the future is days away, or better. Jalen Brunson’s Ties to the Knicks Could Be a Negotiator newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday4:24 p.m.

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero

Kings & Knicks messed up again in the NBA draft. I get NYK freeing up space for their pursuit of Jalen Brunson but Sacramento selecting anyone over Jaden Ivey at No. 4 was STUPID. He didn’t want to be there, but you take the trump card and make him better booty than Keegan Murray – 3:58 p.m.

Mark Stein @LaLigneStein

The Jalen Brunson competition has just become a reality. My detailed story on the major momentum New York is building in its attempt to sign Brunson away from Dallas: marcstein.substack.com/p/brunson-swee… – 2:57 p.m.

Michael Scotto @Mike AScotto

History: An overview of potential signing and trade options for Deandre Ayton with the Pistons, Hawks, Pacers and Spurs. Plus, reports on who the Knicks could move to free up cap space to pursue Jalen Brunson, Wizarding interest in Tyus Jones, and more on @Jorge Sierra. hoopshype.com/lists/nba-rumo… – 1:27 p.m.

Brad Townsend @villebrad

Updated with reaction from Mavericks President Nico Harrison:
Mavs trades overshadowed by Knicks maneuvers and looming battle for Jalen Brunson dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 03:26

Tim McMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs GM Nico Harrison said it was “expected” the Knicks, who are known to have a strong interest in Jalen Brunson, would take steps to create cap space tonight. On hopes of re-signing Brunson: “Until he tells us he doesn’t want to be here, we’re optimistic.” – 03:12

Ian Begley @Ian Begley

Talked about the Knicks’ trades and the implications of signing Jalen Brunson with @CWilliamson44, who had the best Draft Night suit at Barclays on Thursday: pic.twitter.com/injeanXIlH00:22

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman

In a nutshell, more project capital for a Donovan Mitchell-type business and to attach to a Nerlens Noel landfill. This will give them plenty of room for Jalen Brunson. All of their main guys were gone by 11 o’clock. – 00:16

Chris Mannix @SIC Chris Mannix

If the Knicks land Jalen Brunson — a rising 25-year-old point guard who fills a decades-old need — tonight’s deals make sense. If they don’t, the decision to drop out of the first round of this draft could be a disaster. – 10:22 p.m.

Brad Townsend @villebrad

The Knicks are trying hard to clear some cap space (about $16-18 million at this point) for their pursuit of Jalen Brunson. I certainly get Dallas’ attention, but I don’t feel like the Mavericks are worried.
Still. – 9:52 p.m.

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman

Half my life has been spent watching Knicks brass overpay players and make weird decisions with cap space.
I’m emotionally ready to see that ending with Jalen Brunson getting overpaid. – 9:49 p.m.

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg

I love Jalen Brunson, but the Knicks were traded in the lottery for Jalen Brunson? – 9:48 p.m.

James Edward III @JLEdwardsIII

By giving DET Jalen Duren, who the organization fell into motion with in the pre-draft process (and before), the Knicks now have the space to make a run on Jalen Brunson because Detroit took Kemba’s contract. . Pistons able to eat bad contracts because of Grant trade.
All win. – 9:41 p.m.

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA

Knicks to drop Kemba Walker’s $9.16 million salary while removing late lottery pick’s salary from their cap sheet
It’s a great start to creating the $20M+ cap space – to pursue Jalen Brunson and other high profile free agents – but they still have work to do – 9:38 p.m.

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina

a max contract for jalen brunson is the knicks’ big win on draft day – 9:15 p.m.

Kristian Winfield @splash

Knicks fans, yes, no or not sure about Jalen Brunson? – 8:54 p.m.

Fred Katz @FredKatz

Initial thought on the Pistons taking Jaden Ivey fifth:
I wonder if that takes them out of the Jalen Brunson market, given that they can use all that wiggle room elsewhere and have now paired Ivey & Cunningham. – 8:30 p.m.

Jeff Bonman @GoodmanHoops

Not easy to find a “guy” in the 2nd round. Here are some of the best of the past decade:
Nikola Jokic, 41st (2014)
Draymond Green, 35th (2012)
Khris Middleton, 39th (2012)
Jalen Brunson, 33rd (2018)
Malcolm Brogdon, 36th (2016)
Dillon Brooks, 45th in (2017) – 4:51 p.m.

More on this scenario

Derrick Rose’s value may go beyond what he can produce on the court for the Knicks. His mere presence could help land them priority in free agency. The veteran guard is another connection between the Knicks and coveted point guard Jalen Brunson, their connection dating back to Brunson’s formative years in Illinois when Rose was the Bulls’ star point guard and Brunson dreamed of one day playing in the NBA. -via New York Post / June 26, 2022 “Jalen would go to the Bulls facility and practice with the Bulls players,” said Pat Ambrose, Brunson’s coach at Adlai Stevenson High School who remains close with him, at the Post in a telephone interview. “That’s where he befriended Derrick Rose. So your history gets deep with the Knicks. Derrick saw that young Jalen was a very, very good player and Derrick was a kid from Chicago, and really started coaching Jalen when it came to basketball. -via New York Post / June 26, 2022 With nothing to do, the Pacers have enough room to enter the Brunson Contest. If Brunson was seriously interested in joining the Pacers and reuniting with head coach Rick Carlisle, they could make it a sign and trade where they could potentially get an incentive to allow Dallas to generate a trade exception. —via HoopsHype / June 26, 2022

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