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Jalen Brunson contract extension: Knicks All-Star could leave $114 million on the table

Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News on

Published in Basketball

Jalen Brunson has the decision of a lifetime on his hands.

If Brunson foregoes a contract extension with the Knicks this summer, he could be in line for a significant raise should he wait another season before inking a new deal.

A massive pay raise worth the risk, however, is not a foregone conclusion.

Here’s what you need to know about Brunson’s contract extension before he becomes eligible to put pen to paper when the season is over.

Brunson can sign a contract extension beginning on July 12

July 12 marks the two-year anniversary to the date Brunson signed a four-year, $104 million contract leaving the Dallas Mavericks for the Knicks in free agency.

 

The deal, along with many others for the Knicks front office, has been viewed as a large success.

The Knicks have secured back-to-back second-round playoff appearances since Brunson signed.

His 28.73 points per game in the 2023-4 season ranks third all-time in Knicks single-season scoring behind only Bernard King and Richie Guessing, meaning yes: Brunson’s campaign outpaced vaunted Knicks scorers Carmelo Anthony and Patrick Ewing.

He also captained one of just 14 Knicks teams to ever reach the 50-win mark, powering New York to the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed for just the second time since Ewing in 1994 and the first time since Anthony in 2013.

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