The New York Knicks compleely pissed off their fan base for what they did during the draft. However, it seems they have a plan in place to land one of the top free agents.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Knicks are emerging as the leaders in the race for Jalen Brunson.
During the 2022 NBA Draft Thursday night, New York orchestrated several moves that resulted in freeing up $18 million in cap space this summer.
“Sources say that New York’s ability during Thursday night’s NBA Draft to offload Kemba Walker’s $9.2 million salary for next season, coupled with a growing belief that it can shed further salary to expand its offer when the marketplace officially opens next Thursday, has established the Knicks as a very credible threat to bring Brunson to Gotham.
One source close to the process described that threat as “very, very, very real.”
Stein reports that Brunson is “enticed” by the idea of being the primary ballhandler for the Knicks, as well as the family ties that connect him to the organization.
Brunson averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game for the Dallas Mavericks this season. He elevated his game in the playoffs, averaging 21.6 points per contest.
Per Stein’s report, the Knicks could give the Villanova product a four-year contract worth approximately $100 million.
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