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Jalen Brunson is considering signing a cheaper extension with the Knicks that would bypass the option of signing a max contract next summer

Jalen Brunson is considering signing a cheaper extension with the Knicks that would bypass the option of signing a max contract next summer

There’s a world in which Jalen Brunson, instead of seeking a max contract, signs the extension for less than his market value. Since the Knicks’ season ended with a Game 7 second-round loss to the Indiana Pacers, Brunson has been debating whether to wait until free agency for the bigger deal or take the money now. The Knicks can’t make their official offer until Friday, but he knows it’s coming. And so far, according to a league source, signing the extension is still under consideration. If Brunson were to accept, and take a deal that would pay him nine figures less than the one he could receive as a free agent a year from now, it would do wonders for the Knicks — and not because it would put extra dollars in James Dolan’s pockets.
Source: New York Times