Miami Heat a dark horse for Jalen Brunson?

Miami Heat a dark horse for Jalen Brunson?

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Miami Heat a dark horse for Jalen Brunson?

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Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
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Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
just recorded an episode of @LockedOnHeat reacting to the Jalen Brunson news (and a whole lot more). Up shortly. – 7:19 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Which Maverick is most likely to lock Jalen Brunson in a New York hotel tomorrow and tweet a pic of a chair at the door, Blake Griffin-style?…7:07 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
P.J. Tucker heads to market; Jalen Brunson, James Harden add free-agency twists for Heat.… Heat also should be set with Strus, Vincent and Yurtseven at midnight. – 6:56 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Heat reportedly gets meeting with Jalen Brunson. Plus Heat-related updates on P.J. Tucker, Beal, free agent power forwards, more, with free agent floodgates sent to open in less than 24 hours:…6:46 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
congrats to jalen brunson on going from “can’t get the josh richardson extension from the mavs” to “possibly leveraging the knicks into a max deal” in less than six months. – 6:28 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
speculated that Jalen Brunson could be a dark horse candidate for the Heat on today’s @LockedOnHeat…6:13 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Mavs free agent PG Jalen Brunson will meet with Knicks (considered the heavy front-runner for him), Dallas and Heat this week, per @Chris Haynes .. Would require sign and trade with Miami, which already has Kyle Lowry at PG…. NBA (legal) floodgates open at 6 tomorrow. – 6:12 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Free agent guard Jalen Brunson is granting meetings to Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and dark horse Miami Heat on first day of free agency, league sources tell @YahooSports:…6:09 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks expected to land Jalen Brunson, but what’s next in free agency — and trades?… via @Newsday6:02 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
From @KSherringtonDMN: Mark Cuban, Mavericks had every opportunity to avoid this fiasco with Jalen Brunson…5:49 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Knicks interested in Dejounte Murray trade to pair with Jalen Brunson…5:02 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson isn’t the only guy who could get a big deal from the Knicks.
When free agency begins, RJ Barrett is eligible for an extension. His max is $185 million over 4 years.
Will the Knicks give it to him?
Story ($1/mo subscription offer inside): PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @ForbesSports
After Trade, The Knicks Can Offer Jalen Brunson A 4-Year Deal Worth Close To $110 Million via @forbes…4:36 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New pod with @Marc Stein on Mavericks likely losing Jalen Brunson to the Knicks, and what it means for both teams.…3:14 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
🗣 Why Jalen Brunson is worth the money he’s getting
🗣 How can the Mavs replace Brunson?
🗣 The Dejounte Murray sweepstakes
‘The Void’:…3:11 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Is a sign-and-trade even realistic now?
Add in another team?
Luxury tax maneuvering?
Evaluating ‘Plan Bs’ for the Mavericks in free agency if and when Jalen Brunson signs with the Knicks…2:56 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Listen to today’s episode of The Starting Lineup with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine on Pandora!
🏀 Jalen Brunson Rumors
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Jalen Brunson is expected to get a 4-year, $110 million offer from the Knicks once free agency opens.
@Frank Isola likes the move for New York PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Flashback to Jay Wright and Dave Leitao raving about Jalen Brunson who was the National College player of the Year in 2018…2:18 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
With rumors swirling Jalen Brunson will end up with the Knicks during free agency, @Fred Katz wonders how Brunson’s style of play will fit in with the core of the team
#NewYorkForever | @JoelMeyers | @Howard Beck PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
It’s enjoyable that free agency hasn’t started and the Knicks have already lost free agency. (Mandatory note that Jalen Brunson is good.) – 1:50 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
If you knew you were losing Jalen Brunson, would you be interested in Tobias Harris or Matisse Thybulle? (If you got Harris, you’d have to offer multiple picks to get Bobi back though I figure.) – 1:35 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Would you, as the Raptors, offer Fred VanVleet the four year, $114 million extension he can receive this summer? (Sounds like Jalen Brunson is getting ~$110 million over four years) – 10:25 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
New York is expected to offer Jalen Brunson a four-year contract close to $100 Million
@TermineRadio is a big fan of Brunson but doesn’t agree with the price tag. #NBAFreeAgency AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks clear the cap with Jalen Brunson the targt — deal Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks to Pistons, source confirms… via @Newsday9:51 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
• The Jalen Brunson frenzy
• The Mitchell Robinson situation
• Thoughts on the Burks, Noel & Walker
• What’s next for Julius Randle
• What all those picks mean
And way more …
Story ($1/mo subscription offer inside): AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Sounds like the Knicks are offering Jalen Brunson $5+ million more annually than the Mavs and the chance to be NY’s starting PG and to play/live in the capital of the world – but the Knicks practice facility in Westchester, so it’ll be a very difficult decision for the kid… – 8:18 AM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks clear the cap and ready for all-in free agent pursuit of Jalen Brunson as they deal Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks to Pistons, source confirms… via @Newsday6:35 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Regarding #Knicks, you have to wonder whether Jalen Brunson is their true No. 1 target. Could be a misdirection play by Leon Rose similar to what #Magic did to ESPN on draft day. Media manipulation part of the #NBA game now. – 6:10 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Up to 7 hours of pods and 5 separate shows on Dunc’d On Prime the last 3 days. On Jalen Brunson, the late extensions, and the BOS, CHA, and SAS offseasons. Join me and @dannyleroux duncdon.supportingcast.fm3:54 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Jalen Brunson is about to leave the Dallas Mavericks in free agency.
Luka Doncic is reportedly one of the reasons for the departure 🤔…1:51 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
To me Jalen Brunson would have had more reps, as well as much better coaching and spacing, if he stayed in Dallas. With Randle and Barrett as 2 high usage lefties wanting to attack from the right side of the floor, plus below average spacing, he’d max his potential more in DAL – 11:40 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Yahoo Sources: The offer the New York Knicks are prepared to present Jalen Brunson when free agency opens on Thursday.…11:18 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Jalen Brunson would be the 14th-highest paid PG in the NBA next season if he gets the $110ish million @Chris Haynes reported. He’d start next season making roughly $25 million if contract has ascending salary. He’d be 12th-highest paid PG ($29 mil) if his contract is descending. – 11:11 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jalen Brunson seeing how much money the Knicks are going to offer him PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
With all the talk of Jalen Brunson, it’s interesting to revisit the 2018 draft. He was a winner, the national POY; yet fell to the Mavs at 33.
Pacers took Aaron Holiday 10 spots earlier at 23. He could be a free agent, too, if PHX doesn’t tender a QO.…11:05 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks could structure the Jalen Brunson contract on a descending scale, as @TheCohencidence prophetically suggested recently, after this deal. A descending 4-year deal of around $110M could start slightly above $29M. Knicks are $29.4M below cap now without waiving Taj Gibson. – 11:04 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
This evening, Woj has used the following descriptors regarding the Knicks’ anticipated offer to Jalen Brunson once free agency starts:
“overwhelming offer”
“massive four-year offer”
“in the neighborhood of a max contract” – 11:00 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks clear the cap and ready for all-in free agent pursuit of Jalen Brunson — deal Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks to Pistons, source confirms… via @Newsday10:58 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
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. – 10:51 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on New York trading Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks to Detroit, an unloading of salaries that allows for the Knicks to make a near-maximum contract offer to guard Jalen Brunson once free agency opens on Thursday: PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
FWIW, @John Hollinger has Jalen Brunson valued at $29.37 million in free agency. So if the Knicks get him for around $30 million starting salary that might not be a drastic overvaluation by them.…10:48 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
How good is Jalen Brunson?
Better yet…
If every NBA player became free agents and all 30 teams conducted a mock draft in which only the next 4 years mattered, where would Jalen Brunson be selected? – 10:25 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Jalen Brunson would match everything Tom Thibodeau values in players—-winner, toughness, durability, reliability. When you embody those attributes, Thibs has your back for life. (Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng . . .) – 10:22 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jalen Brunson is certainly good, but not THIS good. – 10:21 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
So if Jalen Brunson is going to get a 4 year deal starting at $30 million from the Knicks, I don’t see the Raptors having much negotiating room on a Fred VanVeet extension that can be as high as 3/$89m or 4/$114m. – 10:15 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
1. I like Jalen Brunson’s game a lot.
2. Jalen Brunson deserves all the money he can get.
3. I dislike how this situation + contract + team is going to raise the bar for him, possibly unfairly. – 10:14 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Sources confirmed ESPN report that Alec Burks & Nerlens Noel will be traded to DET, which opens up roughly $30M in cap space (depending on nonguaranteed NYK salaries). This gives NYK enough room to make competitive offer to FA Jalen Brunson, whom they are favorites to land. – 10:09 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
I wonder how the Knicks seem so sure that Jalen Brunson will want to come there. NBA rules clearly state that teams must wait until 6:01 p.m. on June 30 to entice, induce or persuade anybody who is under contract with another team in order to negotiate for their services. – 10:06 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
There has to be a price point for Dallas to walk away from Jalen Brunson.
Signing the guard to a $30M contract would have cost the Mavericks a total of $130M in salary/tax in one season for Brunson alone. – 10:05 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I think the funniest thing would be if the Knicks did all of this just for Jalen Brunson to end up surprising everyone and re-signing with the Mavericks – 10:03 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
These dudes moved mountains for Jalen Brunson. – 10:03 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
I LOVE Jalen Brunson. He is all about winning and all the right things … but this is still so Leon Rose, Willie Wesley and the Knicks. – 10:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I like Jalen Brunson a lot, but I don’t like him for probably over twice as much as Tyus Jones is going to get. – 9:59 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
This really all is a hell of a lot of effort for Jalen Brunson. – 9:57 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
When Sam Presti talks about not taking shortcuts or hitting the accelerate button on OKC’s rebuild to end up in a short term gain but hurt the long term future, he meant not giving up assets to give Jalen Brunson a max contract. – 9:55 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Knicks have cleared $30M in salary cap space to offer Dallas’ Jalen Brunson in the neighborhood of a max contract. The unloading of assets and contracts clearly shows the Knicks’ confidence that they can secure Brunson once free agency opens on Thursday. – 9:54 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
The Knicks. moving and shaking with free agency two days away.
I genuinely cannot wait to see this Jalen Brunson offer. – 9:53 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
“Clearing the way for cap space for Jalen Brunson” is something we’re gonna be like “Huh?” in 2 years from now. – 9:49 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
the knicks dumped alec burks AND nerlens noel so they could sign jalen brunson ….and keep taj gibson PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
So would you rather have Jalen Brunson or Tim Hardaway Jr.😐 – 9:45 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Knicks are trading center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks to the Pistons, sources tell ESPN. The Knicks will unload $19M more in salary, clearing the way for cap space to try and sign free agent guard Jalen Brunson. – 9:43 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
My latest on the Knicks’ expected signing of Jalen Brunson in free agency and Dallas’ response options after the likely departure of its second-best player:…
ALSO published my One Year In reflections on Substacking earlier today:…8:41 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The most important takeaway from the Jalen Brunson news is that if the Knicks do sign him, they are 3/5 of the way to an all lefty lineup. – 8:40 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
I’m a big Jalen Brunson fan. He was one of my first Hidden Gems, way back in April. I spot-shadowed a ton of his games back then to identify his strengths & weaknesses. Explains why the Knicks want to give him the bag:…8:32 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Truly CAAn’t believe Jalen Brunson is signing with the Knicks. They must believe he CAAn help them get to the next level. – 6:34 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
If Jalen Brunson ends up with the Knicks, it’ll be fascinating to see how he fits into an offense with two top scorers, Barrett and Randle, who are best inside the arc, as well as possibly a rim-diving 5. Brunson is so effective in part bc of his rinkydink moves inside the arc. – 6:26 PM

More on this storyline

Free agent point guard Jalen Brunson is scheduled to meet with a few teams, headlined by the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, on the first day of NBA free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The free agency period begins Thursday at 6 p.m. ET. Brunson will hold free agent meetings in New York, sources said. -via Yahoo! Sports / June 29, 2022
The Knicks are viewed as the frontrunners and the expectation is an offer of four years, in the vicinity of a whopping $110 million will be proposed, sources said. It would likely take somewhere close to a five-year, $125 million commitment from the Mavericks to prevent Brunson from signing with the Knicks, sources said. -via Yahoo! Sports / June 29, 2022

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