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New York Knicks may face tampering charges over Jalen Brunson deal

New York Knicks may face tampering charges over Jalen Brunson deal

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Jul 07
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Former Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson recently signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks worth $110 million. Shortly after the deal was signed, the Knicks are now being chastised for alleged tampering, as per NBC Sports.

Following the reported agreement last week, there were claims that Brunson’s former team, the Dallas Mavericks, weren’t granted an opportunity to counter the offer. Furthermore, the Knicks began shedding salary on the night of the NBA Draft and proceeded to do so in the days before the start of free agency on June 30, leading some to assume that the Knicks had a verbal agreement with Brunson.

In response to this, The Athletic’s Fred Katz said on Monday that the Knicks may face disciplinary action for tampering.

“People I talk to around the league expect the Knicks to get dinged for tampering,” he said. Katz also stated that the Mavericks were unhappy with the Knicks’ continued pursuit of Brunson well before free agency.

William Wesley, a Knicks executive, sat courtside for one of the Mavericks’ playoff games against the Utah Jazz. According to Katz, he was there for Brunson.

“Dallas wasn’t thrilled about Knicks executive William ‘World Wide Wes’ Wesley showing up courtside to a Mavs-Jazz playoff game, either,” he said.

How dumb do the Knicks look?

As per the NBC report, the Knicks are more likely to get investigated if the Mavericks submit a complaint for the penalties for the Knicks approaching Brunson during the season. However, if they were in communication before free agency, they might still face consequences.

Moreover, NBC’s Dan Feldman asserted that it would be “difficult” to get riled up about the Knicks’ tampering if it happened just after Dallas’ season ended.

Though this would technically breach the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it does not go against the essence of why tampering regulations were imposed in the first place, which is to safeguard teams while they were still competing.

Feldman concluded that “consistent enforcement” is necessary since it is unjust if only certain teams are penalized for breaching a rule that is “universally broken.”

May 24, 2022: Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Moses Moody (4) during the second quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

“From what I’ve gathered, the Mavericks are quite frustrated with the Knicks — and not just because reports of a finished deal came out before New York was even allowed to speak with Brunson,” Katz explained.

- Fred Katz - The Athletic

Complex issue

Some reports say that this problem has several angles. Rick Brunson, Brunson’s father, was appointed as an assistant coach by the Knicks. The Brunsons have known Knicks president Leon Rose for many years.

Meanwhile, Sam Rose, Rose’s son, is Jalen Brunson’s agent. However, according to NBC, this is a “classic” instance of a franchise losing a player and being furious about it.

Just what the Knicks ordered

The 25-year-old Brunson had career highs in points (16.3), rebounds (3.9), and assists (3.9) last season (4.8). In 61 starts for the Mavericks, he shot 50 percent from the field and 37 percent from three.

He was acquired by the Mavericks in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Villanova. Brunson averaged 11.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 277 games during four seasons with Dallas.


Brunson got better when it counted


He started 18 postseason games, averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from three.


“I’ve talked to people in his circle who think he has another level to reach that he just couldn’t reach with Dallas because he played with the most ball dominant player in the league.”

- Chris Haynes - Yahoo sports

  • Jalen Brunson

    Jalen Marquis Brunson is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association . He played college basketball for Villanova University,

  • New York Knicks

    The New York Knickerbockers, shortened and more commonly referred to as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

  • Dallas Mavericks

    The Dallas Mavericks are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas.