The Mavericks have officially signed second-round pick Jalen Brunson, the team announced today in a press release. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported today (via Twitter) that Brunson and the Mavs had agreed to a four-year contract with three years guaranteed.
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Brunson, the 33rd overall pick in the draft, is coming off a huge year at Villanova. While three teammates – Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman – were drafted before him, it was Brunson who was named college basketball’s Player of the Year for the champion Wildcats. In his junior year, Brunson averaged 18.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, and 3.1 RPG with a shooting line of .521/.408/.802.
As a Maverick, Brunson will join a depth chart loaded with talented young point guards. Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic lead the way, with restricted free agent Yogi Ferrell also expected to sign a new deal soon to return to Dallas.
The Mavericks will be using some of their remaining cap room to sign Brunson to his new contract. None of the other exceptions available to the club – the room exception or the minimum salary – would have allowed for a four-year deal.