NEW YORK — Jalen Brunson is getting closer to joining his friends and family on the Knicks.
The Mavericks point guard is “widely expected” to sign with New York on a four-year deal exceeding $100 million, according to ESPN. A source said the Mavericks were still in play since they can give Brunson more money as the incumbent team, but the draw of playing as the lead guard is enticing for Brunson — which he can’t do next to Luka Doncic in Dallas — and the Knicks are willing to offer more than market value.
Brunson has fans with the Mavericks but isn’t the most natural fit with Doncic, considering their defensive limitations. Meanwhile, at least one top Knicks decision-maker views Brunson as a top-10 NBA point guard, according to a source in contact with the organization. That’s hardly an instant road to title contention but would certainly plug a large hole in the lineup.
As it stands, the Knicks have $18 million in cap space and are engaged in trade discussions to create more. Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel have been shopped the most aggressively, according to sources from three opposing teams.
Signing Brunson to such a lucrative contract will certainly open the front office to heavy criticism if it flops. Until Brunson’s breakthrough in the playoffs, his value was widely viewed as, at most, $20 million per year in free agency. Just before last season, the Mavericks declined to offer a four-year, $55 million extension.
But the Knicks have long coveted Brunson and are certainly familiar. His father, Rick, was recently hired as an assistant coach under Tom Thibodeau. Rick was also the first NBA client of former agent Leon Rose, who now runs the Knicks and recently attended Rick’s 50th birthday party.
Leon Rose’s son, Sam, became an agent and represents Jalen Brunson. In other words, if Brunson’s deal goes sour, Leon Rose would be rightfully lambasted for taking care of friends with James Dolan’s money instead of helping his employer. If it works out, Rose will get the credit for his intuition and connections.
First, the Knicks have to create the space and get the signature. If the Mavericks are resigned to losing Brunson, they can help the Knicks — and help themselves — by facilitating a sign-and-trade.
The Brunson pursuit was set in motion on draft night, when the Knicks punted their first-round pick for future assets and more cap space by shedding Kemba Walker. The Knicks, according to sources, could’ve packaged a deal for guard Jaden Ivey during the draft by picking Jalen Duren but balked at the price and maintained focus on Brunson.
The Knicks only have one big free agent hitting the market this week — center Mitchell Robinson — who is expected to re-sign, according to NBA reporter Marc Stein. They also could extend RJ Barrett’s deal before next season.
No. 1 to No. 30: Every first round selection in our 2022 NBA mock draft
1. Orlando: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga, 7-0
2. Oklahoma City: Jabari Smith, Auburn, 6-10
3. Houston: Paolo Banchero, Duke, 6-10
4. Sacramento: Jaden Ivey, Purdue, 6-4
5. Detroit: Keegan Murray, Iowa, 6-8
6. Indiana: Dyson Daniels, NBA G League Ignite, 6-7
7. Portland: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona, 6-6
8. New Orleans: Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky, 6-5
9. San Antonio: Ousmane Dieng, New Zealand Breakers, 6-10
Dieng, a native of France, had some underwhelming stats in the National Basketball League (8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds), but his ability to play on the perimeter at his size is intriguing.
10. Washington: A.J. Griffin, Duke, 6-6
11. New York: Johnny Davis, Wisconsin, 6-5
12. Oklahoma City: Jeremy Sochan, Baylor, 6-9
13. Charlotte: Jalen Duren, Memphis, 6-11
14. Cleveland: Malaki Branham, Ohio State, 6-5
15. Charlotte: Ochai Agbaji, Kansas, 6-6
16. Atlanta: Tari Eason, LSU, 6-8
17. Houston: Mark Williams, Duke, 7-2
18. Chicago: Jalen Williams, Santa Clara, 6-6
19. Timberwolves: TyTy Washington Jr., Kentucky, 6-4
20. San Antonio: Nikola Jovic, Serbia, 6-11
21. Denver: Blake Wesley, Notre Dame, 6-4
22. Memphis: Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee, 6-0
23. Philadelphia: Jaden Hardy, NBA G League Ignite, 6-4
24. Milwaukee: Walker Kessler, Auburn, 7-1
25. San Antonio: MarJon Beauchamp, NBA G League Ignite, 6-5
26. Dallas: Kendall Brown, Baylor, 6-7
27. Miami: Dalen Terry, Arizona, 6-7
28. Golden State: Jake LaRavia, Wake Forest, 6-8
29. Memphis: Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee, 6-10
30. Oklahoma City: Max Christie, Michigan State, 6-6
FIFA has suspended India’s national soccer federation because of “undue influence from third parties." The sport's governing body says the suspension of the All India Football Federation threatens the country’s hosting of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled for Oct. 11-30. FIFA says the suspension is effective immediately and that the transgression “constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chelsea Gray had 33 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and Las Vegas wrapped up the best regular-season record in the WNBA, beating the Seattle Storm 109-100 in the regular-season finale Sunday.
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been described by prosecutors as a “predator” who could not take no for an answer as the trial began of the French soccer player accused of eight counts of rape. Mendy also has been accused of one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault. He is alleged to have committed the offenses against seven young women between October 2018 and August last year. He denies the charges. The lawyer for the prosecution is Timothy Cray and he opened the trial at Chester Crown Court in northwest England.
Michael Wacha pitched seven innings in his return from a shoulder injury, and Rafael Devers homered to lead the last-place Boston Red Sox past the division-leading New York Yankees 3-0. Tommy Pham had three hits for the Red Sox. They took two of three from New York. It's their first win in a real series against an AL East opponent this season in 13 tries. New York has lost nine of its last 11 games but still has a double-digit lead in the division. The Red Sox are seventh in the race for the AL’s three wild-card spots.
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have been charged by the Football Association with improper behavior for their tussle at Stamford Bridge following Sunday’s match between Chelsea and Tottenham. The managers went head-to-head after the final whistle of a feisty 2-2 draw when the traditional handshake went awry, setting off pushing and shoving. Both coaches were shown red cards. The FA announced that Chelsea’s Tuchel and Tottenham’s Conte have been charged with breaching a rule regarding conduct, which could lead to suspensions. The managers have until Thursday to respond.
Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain won the National Bank Open on Sunday, beating eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The first unseeded winner in the event since Argentina’s Guillermo Canas in 2002, Busta won his seventh ATP Tour title and first Masters 1000 victory. The 23rd-ranked Carreno Busta improved to 7-5 in final appearances. Hurkacz fell to 5-1. Unseeded Reilly Opelka reached the final last year in Toronto, then lost to Daniil Medvedev.
Cristian Javier threw six shutout innings, Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros swept the Oakland Athletics with a 6-3 win. Bregman’s 16th homer against Cole Irvin was his second straight day with a two-run shot in the first. He also hit an RBI double in the seventh. Jose Altuve doubled home two runs in the second as the AL West leaders built a big early lead in their fourth consecutive victory. Javier allowed one single and walked three in his first win since July 1.
Serena Williams’ opening match in the Western & Southern Open has been rescheduled from Monday to Tuesday. The 40-year-old Williams, preparing to retire, is set to face 19-year-old Emma Raducanu, the defending U.S. Open champion. A spokesman for the tournament said the change was “on account of a number of factors related to scheduling.” Williams has said she wants to have another child and pursue business interests. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has not said what her last event will be, but has made it sound as if her final farewell will come at the U.S. Open. Williams lost 6-2, 6-4 to Belinda Bencic on Wednesday night in Toronto in her first match since she elaborated on her future plans.
Marcus Semien homered and the Texas Rangers won after fourth-year manager Chris Woodward was fired earlier Monday. They beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1, but are still on pace for their sixth consecutive losing season. Third base coach Tony Beasley took over as interim manager. Nick Allen homered for the last-place A’s, who lost their ninth game in a row. The Rangers actually have their first three-game winning streak in more than two months. They completed a series victory against Seattle over the weekend by winning what were Woodward’s final two games.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, left, drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) during the first half of Game 1 in the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoff series Monday, May 2, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)