Free agent point guard Jalen Brunson is scheduled to meet with a few teams, headlined by the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, on the first day of NBA free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The free agency period begins Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.
Brunson will hold free agent meetings in New York, sources said.
The Mavericks will be given an opportunity to present an offer sweet enough to entice the four-year veteran into re-signing. Owner Mark Cuban, general manager Nico Harrison, head coach Jason Kidd and potentially a few players are expected to attend the meeting, sources said.
Dallas was initially hoping to come to terms on a five-year, $106 million deal, but that offer would not get it done, sources said.
The Knicks are viewed as the frontrunners and the expectation is an offer of four years, in the vicinity of a whopping $110 million will be proposed, sources said.
It would likely take somewhere close to a five-year, $125 million commitment from the Mavericks to prevent Brunson from signing with the Knicks, sources said.
There is a darkhorse team in play: the Miami Heat, as they’ve secured a meeting, too, sources said. In order for the Heat to acquire Brunson, it would take a sign-and-trade agreement.
Brunson, 25, averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 50.2% from the field and 37.3% from 3-point range during the 2021-22 season.