Knicks Looks Ready To Offer Jalen Brunson Too Much Money

The Knicks are getting ready to overpay Jalen Brunson.

The Knicks are getting ready for overpay Jalen Brunson.
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Nothing screams free agency like the New York Knicks ready to throw millions of dollars at the wrong player.

Since the beginning of the millennium the Knicks have had a knack for handing out some of the worst contracts in the NBA. They weren’t all terrible ideas. Yes, Amar’e Stoudemire still had about 75 jumps in his knees when they signed him to that $100 million contract in 2010, a deal that saw him play again for the coach who knocked him to the ground – Mike D’Antoni.

Still, Carmelo Anthony was on his way and maybe if Stoudemire didn’t start off the season as an MVP candidate they might have kept him for a true Eastern Conference playoff run – remember, the Knicks won 54 games in 2012-13 . Also, who else should the Knicks make after they lost LeBron James – Carlos Boozer?

Some of the others though, Eddy Curry, Joakim Noah way past his prime, and of course Jerome “Junkyard Dog” James, who signed on to be the Knicks starting center after averaging 4.9 points and three rebounds per game in 80 starts for the Seattle Supersonics are legendary missteps. The Knicks now seem willing to make their most financially costly mistake ever, which is the acquisition of Jalen Brunson.

He has been outstanding for the Mavericks in the last play-off, both in the absence of Luka Dončić and at his side. Brunson averaged 21.6 points per game on 46.6 percent of the field and 34.7 percent on three. Scoring 41 and 31 points in consecutive games against the Utah Jazz in the first round kept their season alive long enough for Dončić to return to the floor.

It deserves a substantial raise, but maximum deal? While the rumor mill has been spinning for a while about the Knicks looking to take over Brunson, it seems that’s why they spent the first round of last week’s draft trading for players, and then trade them away minutes later so they could get rid of Kemba Walker’s contract and create the needed $18 million in cap space. His father, former NBA player Rick Brunson, was also hired as an assistant by Knicks’ coach Tom Thibodeau.

This is quite an effort for a player entering his fifth NBA season whose regular season career is 16.3 points per game, not squatting 6-foot-3 and never averaging five assists per game. His size will make him a liability in defense, and there is no ball-dominant force on the Knicks like Dončić, absorbing all the attention on a regular basis, either making Brunson look better, or defending opponents with those broad shoulders. wears off, making it harder for them to chase Bruson across the floor.

The Knicks have apparently structured their entire off-season around bringing Brunson to Madison Square Garden. He is the golden goose who has to basket those golden eggs 10-12 times per game. If Kyrie Irving and Zach LaVine aren’t options for the Knicks, Brunson would be the next best logical option, but the Knicks are selling for him like he’s a perpetual all-star. Unless he takes another leap next season, in a conference with Trae Young, DeMar Derozan, LaMelo Ball, Cade Cunningham, Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, Bradley Beal, Khris Middleton and even Fred VanVleet, who’s Brunson for an all-star spot?

And if he never makes an All-Star or All-NBA team, then this is another Knicks move destined to do little to nothing to make the team better. Brunson would be best in a team close to serious playoffs. Maybe a team like the Los Angeles Clippers, or maybe even the Boston Celtics that need a little more firepower on offense.

If Brunson turns out to be your next Eddy Curry, don’t blame him, Knicks fans. He sees a contract that was highly unlikely a year ago. They are Dolan & Co. who are still struggling to get All-NBA level max players to the Big Apple, eventually giving the money to whoever wants it.