Thanks to their recent good run, the Mavericks have become relevant in this final sprint of the transfer market. They currently occupy sixth place in the West, just one game behind fourth-placed Utah Jazz. Or what is the same, they are a good move away from settling in the noble zone of the Conference and advancing that first round of the playoffs that resists them so much. But, although he was one of the favorites to leave, Jalen Brunson will not be part of the operations except for a major surprise.
The point guard is in the last year of his contract and this summer he will be an unrestricted free agent. Which makes it ideal as an exchange from which to obtain value. However, Brunson has become one of the heads of the project only behind Doncic and Porzingis, and it seems that the Dallas Mavericks prefer the value that he gives them on the court to what his transfer could offer them. Tim MacMahon, insider of ESPNhas said in The Lowe’s Post that the Mavs would have to receive an offer “that makes their ears ring” to let him go.
Indirectly, this implies that the Texans plan to extend their relationship with Jalen Brunson next off-season. MacMahon himself said that he is aware that the player would like to stay in Dallas. Although not at any price. Just yesterday Marc Stein calculated that his aspirations revolve around 18 million dollars a year after rejecting the 56 million for 4 years that the Mavericks could offer him until recently. A figure that, seen what has been seen in recent times, could almost come cheap.
With this new information in hand, Dorian Finney Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. are once again the two main candidates to abandon Jason Kidd’s ship.
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