The Regretful Departure of Jalen Brunson from the Dallas Mavericks

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In the summer of 2022 Jalen Brunson signed a contract worth a total of 104 million dollars with the New York Knicks. The point guard is certainly a great regret in the recent history of the Dallas Mavericks. On “All The Smoke” podcast, he told his version regarding the non-renewal with the Texans. “I really wanted to stay in Dallas,” Brunson said. “I think before my fourth season in Dallas, my last season in Dallas, we tried to extend our contract. Whatever we could get, the most we could get was, like, 4 years and $55 million. We wanted to do it I wanted to stay there.”

It was Dallas who put the brakes on everything. “I thought I was going to be there for a long time and I liked my role,” Brunson said. “It’s funny because my agent said to me, ‘I mean, you can achieve a lot. You can achieve more.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I just want to be safe.’ And I don’t want to gamble right now. But [i Mavs] they said: “We want to see where we are with 20, 25 games left in the season.” But we said, “Okay, if we’re not going to do it, I don’t want to do it until after the season. I don’t want to think about it during the season.”

Despite his performance, Dallas decided to wait. “After that there was a period where Luka stayed off the pitch and I started starting in the starting five. I was playing really well. I think I averaged 20 [punti] and maybe 6 [assist]. We were around 20, 25 games. So we went back and talked about the extension. We said, ‘Hey, if there’s a deal, we’re thinking about it. I will do it. Like, now.” But despite my intention, however, their answer was a no. It wasn’t a flat no. The trade deadline arrived. I thought: “If they don’t extend my contract, I’ll probably be traded.” But not it happened”.

Dallas waited to re-sign Brunson to explore its market. “And then, the offer was put on my table after the trade deadline. I said to myself, ‘No, I think I’ve passed this deal.’ Personally, that’s what I thought. I thought, ‘I think I’ve passed this deal.’ “. Obviously, ahead of the playoffs, Luka got hurt in the penultimate or last game of the season. So he was out for the first three games [della serie di playoff], and obviously I did what I did. I’ve never looked back.”

2024-02-21 21:38:06
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