The Dallas Mavericks lost a key contributor when Jalen Brunson signed with the New York Knicks in free agency.
Now, the NBA is checking into just how quickly that decision was made after the free agent window opened this offseason.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the NBA has begun an investigation into the Knicks for alleged tampering regarding the Brunson signing.
The NBA has begun an investigation into the New York Knicks for alleged tampering regarding free agent pickup Jalen Brunson, sources inform @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 1, 2022
Brunson agreed to a four-year, $100-plus million contract with New York on June 30, leaving a major void in the Mavericks’ starting backcourt and the franchise’s free-agency plans.
Just before the NBA’s negotiating window opened, Brunson’s camp canceled a meeting in New York with owner Mark Cuban, general manager Nico Harrison, assistant general manager Michael Finley and head coach Jason Kidd before the Mavericks could make one final push to re-sign the guard.
Among the details the NBA will likely be looking into, the Knicks hired Rick Brunson, Jalen’s father, earlier this offseason as an assistant to head coach Tom Thibodeau, who’s known Rick since high school. During his own high school tenure, Jalen spent significant time around Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls team when his dad was on staff from 2010-12.
Rick also played for the Knicks in two stints from 1999-2001.
Leon Rose, the Knicks’ president of basketball operations, landed Rick Brunson as his first player client while starting out as an agent and is extremely close to the Brunson family. And Rose’s son, Sam, serves as Brunson’s day-to-day agent with Creative Artists Agency.