I want to explain and show the different reported offers the Mavericks and Knicks have on the table. This will show exact figures based on what a various NBA insiders have said.
Reports on Twitter
Chris Haynes reported the contract figures for what he has heard the Knicks have on the table for Brunson.
When free agency opens on Thursday, the New York Knicks are expected to present Jalen Brunson a four-year offer in the vicinity of $110 million, league sources tell @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 29, 2022
Tim MacMahon came out with what he’s heard the Mavericks have on the table.
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
The total being the same but the Mavericks have one more year. What does the difference look like each season?
Knicks Reported Offer
Mavericks Reported Offer
The MOST Brunson will make in any season in a 5 year 110 Mill deal is $25,034,483. The LEAST Brunson will make in any season in a 4 year 110 Mill deal in $25,581395.
These numbers initially look similar because the overall number is the same, but once you look closer you can see they aren’t close at all. The Mavericks hopefully have a plan for how to pivot in the wake of Brunson’s departure. They don’t gain any cap space nor do they gain any exception. That is unless this is Brunson transaction is somehow made into a sign-and-trade. Maybe flexibility or future cap space holds too much allure to retain Brunson at the level the Knicks are offering, but I personally am sad that number 13 won’t be coming back to Mavericks for another season.
The Mavericks will still be a good team. They’ll make up for Brunson’s absence with new production from Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway. The Mavericks can shift some ball handling to Spencer Dinwiddie and possibly to Goran Dragic, if the Mavericks are finally able to land him. However, losing Brunson with no return is roster building malpractice. Let’s see what else Nico Harrison and Michael Finley do over the rest of the off-season.
Listen to our two latest podcasts. Seth Partnow explains why Jalen Brunson leaving might not be the worst thing for Dallas. Then we have a Spotify Live where we lament the Brunson signing with fellow Mavericks fans. If you can’t see the embed, search Mavs Moneyball Podcast in your favorite player or click here.