$104 Million Deal for Luka Doncic’s Teammate Leaves Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Mikal Bridges in Awe as 25 Year Old Star Leaves for New York

Published 07/01/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 23: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives against Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on January 23, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Ja Morant and others have congratulated their fellow compatriot Jalen Brunson for his new journey in New York. Brunson, who played for the Dallas Mavericks, will now represent the New York Knicks in the NBA. He has signed a four-year, $104 million deal.

Brunson will now play with the likes of  RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Evan Fournier. They need a scoring option and Brunson provides scoring in loads. Knicks fans are very excited about the signing even though some think the front office overpaid for him.

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Brunson was expected to leave Dallas after a large offer came from New York. The latter made an offer he can’t refuse. They want him to play a large role in the team. Brunson already has family ties in the franchise. His father, Rick Brunson was recently appointed as an assistant coach.

Fans and experts, as said above, felt like they overpaid for Brunson. There will be huge expectations placed on him because of what the New York Knicks had to give up to get him. They released Kemba Walker, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel. They had to also to give up future draft picks to create a salary-cap room.

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Ja Morant and others have given compliments to Jalen Brunson over Twitter. As they said, he has “captured the bag”. These are the tweets:

 

 

 

Brunson’s last season compared to Ja Morant

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Jalen Brunson had a breakthrough season in 2021/22. He scored 16.3 points. He also had 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game this season. His performances improved by leaps and bounds in the postseason. Brunson averaged 21.6 points 4.6 boards, and 3.7 assists in the playoffs. He helped the Dallas Mavericks go to a Western Conference Final for the first time in more than a decade.

Mar 30, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) shoots in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Brunson has gone under the radar compared to Ja Morant. The latter won the Most Improved Player of the Year. He averaged 27.4 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game this season. He shot 49.3 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from behind the three-point line. Ja Morant has already signed a five-year $193 million rookie extension with the Memphis Grizzlies. This could reportedly turn become worth $231 million later on.

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Brunson will “get the bag” this season. But, he will also face sky-high expectations for the money he was bought at. A Knicks team led by Brunson might just get into the playoffs.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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