It’s no secret that the New York Knicks are trying to woo the young guard away from the Mavs and they’ve done everything in their power to sweeten the pot for him, even hiring his dad as an assistant coach.
Rumors also point toward a deal worth well over $100 million for four years.
It seems very unlikely that Brunson will turn that down, even if the Mavs are willing to put up a lot to keep him.
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 Mavericks have a limit of what they are willing to put on the table: according to Tim MacMahon, they’ll go no higher than a five-year deal at “more than Fred VanVleet money”, which is about $22 million per year, which adds up to $110 million.
If the bottom line is the same for both teams, why would Brunson go with New York?
Brunson Is Ready To Get Paid
One thing is obvious: Brunson is about to get paid in a big, big way.
It sounds like both teams are offering him the same total amount of cash but there are some serious differences between both deals when you look closer.
The Knicks are reportedly asking for just four years from Brunson while the Mavericks are requiring five years.
That makes a huge impact on the amount of money he gets every year: with New York, he’d be making about $27 million a year and with Dallas, he’d be making about $22 million a year.
When you look at it that way, it’s pretty obvious that Brunson is about to leave Dallas.
They will be able to pivot in a new direction without him but he will be missed.