New York has had it rough over the past few offseasons. It seems like every year, the Knicks have a new master plan to become a title contender, only for those ambitions to wash away due to factors beyond control. The latest saga of this story involved Dallas Mavericks star Jalen Brunson.
Brunson, who averaged 22.9 points in this year’s playoffs, was added to New York’s free agency shortlist after breaking out in the 2022 postseason. Those dreams were put in jeopardy after Mavs owner Mark Cuban expressed his desire to retain Brunson. However, a new update on the two teams’ offseason outlooks revive the Knicks’ hopes of bringing in the talented young guard.
Originally, Cuban seemed confident in retaining Brunson, telling the media that the Mavs could “pay him more than anybody.”
However, a report from Bleacher Report suggests otherwise. Per Eric Pincus, the Mavs could be “compelled” towards a sign-and-trade with Brunson if the 25-year-old’s asking price is too high. The Knicks cap room doesn’t allow for Brunson to be signed directly. Yet, New York could move some assets to make room for Brunson.
Additionally, New York seems to be searching for otherwise to sweeten the deal. Per SNY’s Ian Begley, the Knicks are keen on hiring Brunson’s father, Rick, as an assistant coach. Rick Brunson has NBA coaching experience under Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, and his relationship with his son obviously changes the playing field if the Knicks bring him on.
So far, it seems the Knicks’ offseason machine is back up and running. Maybe this time, it’ll result in a championship window in New York.