The New York Knicks are expected to make a run at Jalen Brunson in free agency. The Dallas Mavericks’ point guard will have plenty of suitors. The Knicks are looking to add him and make him a key building block for the future.
In case Brunson gets lured back to the Mavs or leaves for somewhere else, the Knicks have a backup plan that involves a current backup point guard. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Tyus Jones is becoming an option. Although he will be tempted to remain with the upstart Grizzlies, the Knicks will look to make a run at him.
Memphis backup point guard Tyus Jones, who played three seasons for Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, is weaving a career year and is on the Knicks’ radar, according to an NBA source.
Jones is a steady floor general that would be a solid addition to any team. He played for current Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau for three years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although the 25-year-old doesn’t have the flashiest stats — averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 assists on 45.1 percent shooting — but is safe with the ball and would be a solid distributor for RJ Barrett and the New York youngsters.
The Knicks have a big need at point guard. Despite Immanuel Quickley playing some of the best basketball of his career near the end of the season, Kemba Walker and Alec Burks proved to be unfit for the starting job while Derrick Rose missed almost the entire season. Jones would provide solid depth and fits the Knicks’ timeline as a young team.