Opposing NBA executives across the league believe the New York Knicks are “all in” trying to sign Jalen Branson with free agents this summer after their overnight draft in the draft with more moves expected. The Knicks also hired his dad, Rick, as assistant coach, and team president Leon Rose was his former agent.
Source: Michael Scotto @ HoopsHype
What is the buzz on Twitter?
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Updated by Mavericks president Nico Harrison:
The Mavs ‘transactions are overshadowed by the Knicks’ maneuvers and the looming battle for Jalen Branson dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 3:26 a.m.
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Talk about the Knicks deal and the aftermath of a Jalen Brunson signing with @ CWilliamson44, who had the best Draft Night at Barclays on Thursday: pic.twitter.com/injeanXIlH – 12:22 p.m.
Mark Berman @NYPost_Berman
In short, more of a chapter plan for a Donovan Mitchell trade and a connection to a Nerlens Noel landfill. This will give them plenty of room for Jalen Brunson. All their basic children left at 11. – 12:16 a.m.
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
If the Knicks are attracted to Jalen Branson – a rising 25-year-old point guard covering a decades-long need – tonight’s deals make sense. If they do not, the decision to withdraw from the first round of this draft could be disastrous. – 10:22 p.m.
Brad Townsend @townbrad
The Knicks are trying to clear the margin (estimated at $ 16-18 million up to this point) to chase Jalen Brunson. Definitely catch Dallas’ attention, but I do not feel the Mavericks are worried.
Yet. – 9:52 p.m.
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Half my life has been spent watching the Knicks pay players too much and make weird decisions with the lid on.
I’m emotionally ready to see this end with Jalen Brunson being overpaid. – 9:49 p.m.
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Giving DET Jalen Duren, with whom the organization set in motion in the pre-draft process (and before), the Knicks now have room to make a series on Jalen Brunson because Detroit got Kemba’s contract. Pistons can eat bad contracts because of Grant trade.
Everyone wins. – 21:41
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Knicks will deduct Kemba Walker ‘s $ 9.16 million salary, and will also deduct the salary of a late Lottery selection from their capital sheet.
It’s a good start for the $ 20 million + fund – to chase Jalen Brunson and other top free agents – but they still have work to do – 9:38 p.m.
Fred Katz @Fred Katz
The initial thought about the Pistons taking Jaden Ivey fifth:
I wonder if that takes them out of Jalen Brunson’s market, considering they can use all this cap room elsewhere and now they have paired Ivey & Cunningham. – 8:30 p.m.
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
It is not easy to find a “dude” in the 2nd round. Here are some of the best of the last decade:
Nikola Jokic, 41st (2014)
Draymond Green, 35th (2012)
Khris Middleton, 39th (2012)
Jalen Brunson, 33 (2018)
Malcolm Brogdon, 36th (2016)
Dillon Brooks, 45th in 2017 – 16:51
The selection team of all the drafts of the second round:
PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Jalen Brunson
SF – Chris Middleton
PF – Draymond Green
C – Nikola Jokic
How far would this team go in the playoffs? pic.twitter.com/1CwEB7i4kc – 2:31 p.m.
Watch out for the Knicks resigning from Taj Gibson to make room for a run in Brunson, league sources told HoopsHype. Gibson, a favorite player of Knicks coach Tom Tibondo, has a $ 5.2 million unsecured salary for next season. -through HoopsHype / June 24, 2022
Tim MacMahon: Mavs GM Nico Harrison said it was “expected” that the Knicks, who are known to have a keen interest in Jalen Brunson, would make moves to create free space tonight. On hopes of re-signing Branson: “Until he tells us he does not want to be here, we are optimistic.” -via Twitter @espn_macmahon / 24 June 2022
Marc Stein: The Knicks seem to be making at least one more move to continue to create space with a salary cap… at full speed in their quest to oust Jalen Brunson from the Mavericks. -via Twitter @TheSteinLine / 23 June 2022