The Dallas Mavericks lost an important piece of their roster in the offseason as the team’s starting guard Jalen Brunson joined the New York Knicks on a four-year, $104-million deal.
Mavs’ governor Mark Cuban said the team didn’t get the chance to make an offer to Brunson. Although Cuban said he’s happy for the former Mavs’ guard.
“We really didn’t get a chance to make an offer. It was Jalen’s choice,” Cuban told reporters, including New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy. “We wanted him to stay, but he had his reason, and I respect that.”
New York recently hired Brunson’s father, Rick, a nine-year NBA veteran, as an assistant coach. Additionally, team president Leon Rose previously represented both Brunsons as their agent.
The Mavericks selected Brunson with the third pick in the second round of the 2018 draft. He started 127 games over four seasons in Dallas and he had a break-out runs with the team in this year’s playoffs.
Brunson averaged 21.6 points over 18 playoff games in 2022. The Mavericks will have a hard time finding this kind of production from another guard next season. They only added JaVale McGee and Theo Pinson so far this offseason.