On Tuesday, the New York Knicks agreed to trade Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks to the Detroit Pistons, which will clear $19 million in additional cap space as they are set to pursue Jalen Brunson in free agency.
They also sent the Pistons back its 2023 second-round pick, a 2024 second-rounder via the Miami Heat, and $6 million in cash.
“The Knicks have cleared $30M in salary cap space to offer Dallas’ Jalen Brunson in the neighborhood of a max contract,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. “The unloading of assets and contracts clearly shows the Knicks’ confidence that they can secure Brunson once free agency opens on Thursday.”
The Knicks are now considered the strong favorites to sign Brunson. Not only that, it is now being reported that the team is expected to offer Jalen Brunson a four-year, $110 million contract when free agency starts on Thursday, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
“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 Yahoo Sports,” Haynes reported.
During the 2021-22 NBA season, Brunson set career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals with the Dallas Mavericks.
That is still not enough for the fan base to get opn board with paying Brunson an insane amount to play for the team.
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