The NBA League Office is going to investigate the New York Knicks’ signing of guard Jalen Brunson, per a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The Knicks signed Brunson to a four-year, $104 million contract shortly after free-agency began.
There was rampant speculation that Brunson had negotiated with the Knicks prior to the start of free-agency, thus prompting the League Office’s response.
Brunson, 25, had a breakout fourth season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 50%/37%/84% shooting splits.
In the first round of the 2021-22 NBA playoffs, Brunson averaged 27.8 points, leading the Mavericks past the Utah Jazz in six games.
But despite Brunson’s impressive play, few pundits expected the Knicks would have many competitors; especially once they decided to offer him a contract north of $100 million.
Needless to say, it would be a major blow to the Knicks if they lost additional assets for tampering with Brunson.