Dallas Mavs report: New York Knicks hire Jalen Brunson’s father ahead of NBA free agency
The Dallas Mavericks have big plans for this offseason, and according to general manager Nico Harrison and owner Mark Cuban, retaining Jalen Brunson will be the team’s top priority. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the other teams will stop trying to pursue Brunson.
By SNY Ian Begley, the Knicks are set to hire Jalen’s father, Rick Brunson, to serve as an assistant coach on Tom Thibodeau’s staff. The move reunites the pair after serving on NBA staff in Chicago and Minnesota.
Brunson most recently served as head coach of the Camden (NJ) High School basketball team, winning a state and section title with a 31-3 record in his senior season. He replaces Kenny Payne, who has become coach of the Louisville men’s basketball program. In another New York connection, Brunson was an early client of current Knicks president Leon Rose when he was a CAA agent.
The 10-year NBA veteran watched his son, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent in less than a month, become a playoff hero for the Mavs. New York, keen on a long-term solution at point guard, was one of the potential suitors mentioned for young Brunson, although the Mavericks have insisted they will do everything possible to keep him.
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It’s no secret that the Knicks need help at this point. Kemba Walker did not work. The fact that the Brunsons are used to celebrating victories in Madison Square Garden. Jalen helped Villanova to several big wins at the Big East Tournament. Jalen could once again become a star attraction in New York if the Knicks come to the call.
Some believe that New York is no longer a destination for big-name free agents. The Knicks are hoping the idea of a potential family reunion gives them an edge in the Brunson contest.