With the New York Knicks reportedly set to offer Jalen Brunson a four-year, $100 million deal, one has to wonder what the Dallas Mavericks' price point is for them to back out of the race.
Apparently, there is a specific number. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the highest amount the Mavs are willing to offer to Brunson is about $22 million per year–slightly above the four-year, $85 million deal Fred VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors in 2020.
While the Mavs can give Brunson a five-year deal, which means he'll earn a total of $110 million throughout that span, the Knicks can clearly offer more. It would also make sense for Brunson to take the $25 million or more salary per year with New York since it's likely he'll earn more than $10 million per year when the deal expires and he enters free agency.
That price point, per sources: a five-year deal at “more than Fred VanVleet money,” which means about $22M per year or $110M total value. https://t.co/fjAHrfcbQu
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 29, 2022
If the Knicks proceed to give Jalen Brunson the rumored monstrous contract, it seems unlikely that the Mavs would counter. Besides, there is growing belief in the organization that the 25-year-old guard wanted the move to New York where he has several links and where he can be close to his dad, whom the ‘Bockers hired to be part of Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff.
The Knicks recently pulled off a trade with the Detroit Pistons, giving them up to $30 million in cap space. They are certainly going all-out for Brunson, and the painful part is that the Mavs cannot do anything to prevent it.