The February 10th NBA Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching, which means there are definitely going to be some deals coming together very soon. One player on the Dallas Mavericks roster who has been involved in rumors is Jalen Brunson, with the New York Knicks reportedly showing interest in the former Villanova standout. However, it looks like the Mavs will be keeping him as he continues to be extremely important to their success.
League sources say there are no active trade discussions between the Mavericks and the New York Knicks, for example, despite the Knicks’ well-chronicled interest in luring Brunson to Gotham. I’m told that the oft-suggested notion of trading Brunson to the Knicks to reacquire the 2023 first-round pick owed to New York to complete the Kristaps Porziņģis trade is not currently under consideration in Dallas. The Mavs regard Brunson as too vital to this season’s aspirations to trade him and retain the belief that he wants to be a Maverick long-term.
Brunson is arguably the Mavs’ third-best player behind Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. He’s been a huge driving force during their recent hot streak, offering scoring, three-point shooting, and impressive playmaking. He’s also a stout defender.
The 25-year-old is averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.8 rebounds this season and really took the bull by the horns when Luka missed time. With the Mavs actually looking like a contender right now, losing Brunson would be absolutely detrimental. Given his role on the team as a guy who can start but also come off the bench and make an impact, there is no reason he’d want to leave. Dallas feels the same way.