The Knicks are expected to add Jalen Brunson via cap space rather than trying to work out a sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks, tweets Fred Katz of The Athletic. Brunson agreed to a four-year, $104MM contract with New York shortly after the start of free agency on June 30. But the signing hasn’t been made official yet as the Knicks review their options on the best way to add him to the roster.
Marc Stein confirms that a signing using cap room is the most likely option (Twitter link), and a source tells him that Monday is probably the soonest it will happen.
Brunson played an important role in helping Dallas reach the Western Conference finals, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tells Steve Popper of Newsday there are “no hard feelings” about his departure. Cuban said he never got a chance to make a final offer, but acknowledged that it may not have mattered given Brunson’s close ties to the Knicks organization.
“I wish him nothing but the best,” Cuban said. “You bust your [butt] and you have that choice. He deserves it. It happens. It’s the way this league works. It’s a business. You trade a player, you say it’s a business. You lose a player, it’s a business. It’s just the way it goes.”
There’s more on the Knicks:
- Trevor Keels, who’s expected to fill a two-way slot in New York, admits having “chills” before his first Summer League game, per Zach Braziller of The New York Post. After sliding to No. 42 in last month’s draft, Keels is determined to prove that he should have been taken higher. “I didn’t think I was going to [get drafted] that low. But it is what it is,” he said. “Of course, I’m going to make sure all the teams pay that passed up on me. But I’m excited I’m a Knick. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
- Quentin Grimes had eight assists along with a team-high 24 points in the Summer League opener and has been working on becoming a better play-maker, writes Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. For the second straight year, Grimes spent part of the offseason working with University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway. “He’s kind of like a big uncle to me,” Grimes said. “Just took me under his wing and helped me play the point guard position a lot better. Because that’s what I was in high school.”
- After waiving Taj Gibson this week, the Knicks were hoping to bring him back on a veteran’s minimum contract, but he believed he had a better chance at playing time with the Wizards, tweets Ian Begley of SNY.tv.
29 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Brunson, Keels, Grimes, Gibson”
I wish mavs could got a 12m trade exception or evan Fournier for Brunson
The Mavericks aren’t getting anything back for Brunson. They need to put that to rest, they blew that opportunity already.
Besides draft picks, they have nothing of interest anyways. The Mavs have essentially been the Dallas Knicks since 2019, and the only player left is THJ.
Jaden Hardy can find some minutes in Mavs roster
Feron Hunt looked real good in this gm. Played like a vet. Always in control. At 6’8” he has a future as a wing, SF. Nice find
I like him more at the 4. I remember him a bit from my list last year. He plays hard, gets in passing lanes, puts the ball on the floor, and finishes explosively. Needs to work on his jumpshot, and discipline on closeouts, as well as navigating/fighting through screens defensively, but I think he can give them defense at that position, and potentially be useful
Didnt notice you mentioned this before I made my comment about him as well lol
He looks like a player. Surprised he wasn’t drafted. Has good size. Always played in control. That’s rare for a rookie. And plays D too. Like him.
Mavs dodged a very expensive bullet. Brunson leaving to play for daddy will be a mistake on his part though. He won’t get to play with anyone anywhere near Doncic’s level in NY, ever and his production will suffer as a result. But hey, the Knicks signed somebody. And with that move, they should reach their modest goal of an 8 seed and a first round exit. Bravo.
Brunson took a jump in the playoffs and came up huge for the Mavs when Doncic wasn’t able to play. He’ll have a chance to shine and I think he will. They’re better than an eight seed but they are still missing a piece but having foundation of Barrett and Brunson is better than what did have. He’s the 14th highest paid PG in the league, that’s not an overpay.
He’s not here to make sense.
Brunson is a solid move. Especially since you didn’t give up assets. But Randle is still there and still an issue. Gotta be handled
The Knicks are underrated. If all of our young players get at least 26-28 minutes per game you will see what I’m talking about. Quickley, RJ, Cam, Obi, Mitchell, Sims and Grimes makes our team deep.
It’s clear Mavs weren’t going to offer a big contract. They were going to wait it out. Assuming Knicks didn’t have cap space to sign him. Knicks wanted their guy. So they went and got him. He fits a big need. So it’s only market value. He is the starting PG and will be paid as one.
VanVleet is making 22-23 mill last 2yrs.
Rozier is making same as Brunson…..
I’d rather have Brunson over those two. And Brunson isn’t my first choice. So all this overpaid stuff is just sour grapes and classic hate. By the Knickillers crew. Starting with espn. And feeding the geniuses of this board.
Most uninformed poster on this syte …..
He posts more nothing about the Knicks. Than he posts anywhere else. Imagine having a life where you only look to find negativity to talk about. A team you supposedly don’t care about.
Why does anyone care so much about failure for another team. Sounds Clinical to me
Knicks sending Fournier would be a W for them.
They never used him right. Plus last yrs team with Randle is flawed. They made him into a 3PT shooter. And he’s more than that. He’s a 20 pt scorer easy. Much better off as sixth man. He can play the 2-3. And his D won’t be as bad with second unit.
If Brunson is valuable to Knicks, need to have a career year in assists getting Fournier & Randle easy looks. Last year Randle usage rate was very high. Randle was working too hard for his points, he should have easier 20+ games. If Brunson can average 16-17 pts , 8-9 assists, regular season, make playoffs would be good for Knicks…
There’s the point from BBgeek.
Brunson did not win two titles at ‘nova for no reason.
I just hope the refs don’t let players like Randle travel across the lane to get an advantage. Pivot foot, zebras
Too bad the Knicks can’t fix all of last offseason’s mistakes without shedding significant assets. By next offseason, they’ll be trying to dump Brunson and Hartenstein, Thibby will have been fired in February, and Knickersloppers fans will have finished pounding their chests until the next “savior” free agent is overpaid by their trainwreck of a front office.
You are so off! The Knicks next season are making the playoffs. I have no doubt. If we can’t get rid of Randle then hopefully he doesn’t play like forty minutes per game to give Obi time to shine. Our biggest issue right now is that we have a coach who relies on veterans to the detriment of the team. Analitics show that when Randle is on the floor we play poorly and when he is off on the bench the team plays better.
I don’t trust your ability to decipher “analitics” when you can’t even spell the word properly.
Mavs played a 5 out offense and that’s when Brunson was effective, taking a pass from luka, driving down low and creating his own shot (only thing I will miss about Brunson) Knicks don’t play a 5 out and Mitchell Robinson really hinders JBs effectiveness down low. Much easier to guard Brunson down there when you have robinson and his defender clogging the paint
I’m not even a Brunson guy. But I actually follow this gm. And know excatly what that means. Try researching before making a point or argument. Otherwise you’re just Noise and bad wind like YCPIITB …..
Jalen Brunson has averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 44 games without Luka Doncic in his career.
And he even did better last yr without him. Especially in playoffs. At 25 we will get his peak yrs. On a team he can run …..
Brunson played 17 regular-season games without Doncic in the 2021-22 season. During those games, he was better in almost every single statistic. He averaged 20.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds on 49% shooting from the floor and 35% shooting from three.
link to dailyknicks.com
Put That In Your Brain …… for @YCPIITB only
The more I’ve seen their young guards, the more I believe in my opinion that they should have given those guys a chance, and used their resources at other positions, instead of what they ultimately did. I do like the fit for Brunson with Barrett and Randle, but I still think they have things to do with remaining pieces, after having to keep Fournier over Burks, for it to work as well as it may have.
Hopefully, Reddish can give them some of what I think they still need. I think he can do it defensively, but his shooting is going to be key for them as a potential 3 and D option behind Barrett. I also think that they may be able to get some of the defense off the bench at the 4 that I’ve talked about from Feron Hunt, who looked really good in the first summer league game, and who I kind of remember from my lost list from last year. Obviously, a more seasoned option there would be nice, and I could also see Reddish, or even Barrett, potentially being useful there in some lineups
Really liked the addition of Hartenstein. That was a great fit.
I like Reddish, he has the tools to be a disruptor, he needs to be coached and GIVEN A FULL SEASON. Knicks don’t give players with potential a chance, he can be a PJ TUCKER type player at 6’8’’. The Heat will take him, they will coach him. Hey, Thibs has to develop kids this year.. He absolutely wears the veterans out. He has to play the kids also. I ACTUALLY like the Knicks roster as a balance of veterans & kids… making players better, making playoffs and development should be the goal…THIBS may not be able to change his veterans at all cost mentality…one more year of THIBS….though I really like THIBS…
Reddish is a lot to integrate, even for Brunson. The priorities at start are Fournier, Randle, Barrett, Mitchell, Harte. Maybe Grimes before Reddish.
Thibs is the block, but thankfully so.
Let’s say formerlyz is against the Brunson move and also for Reddish.
I like Brunson, not for that much money, and I like his fit with certain players on the roster, but think others impedes the ability for it to work as well, and I also just like their young guards with their roster, and would have liked to see them get the opportunity, as well as using their resources elsewhere. Even in the draft, I felt like they could have kept building, either by staying at 11, or still getting assets, and dropping down for a Christian Braun…but really just how they could have used their resources to address bigger needs than they had at guard, where it’s much easier to find options, in my opinion
Knicks have a young core that can grow together, get better together. Plus the team has draft assets. Ppl talk abt Brunson not being the type of player to bring a chip. How abt first making the playoffs every year again. One move, one player, one step at a time. High level players want to see consistency and culture in a franchise. This FO has a better understanding of that than the previous 3 FOs. I bet most NBA fans don’t even know the Knicks last made the playoffs 3 straight years: 2010-2013. In 2 years, as the cap continues to increase, Brunson contract won’t mean a thing.
I’m shocked that DAL didn’t want to do a S&T to create a TPE. They didn’t need to take a player. There were BYC issues, but that would only decrease the TPE, it would still be quite large (12 mm range).
Brunson is a good fit for us. The contract is market. I like IQ and McBride enough that I would have gone with them and Rose. Neither of the young guys were ready last year when Rose went down, but both are ascending players and great fits. PG could go from a light to a very deep position for us.
Our summer league Big 3 (Grimes, McBride and Sims) continue to look good.