The NBA is investigating the Knicks for possible tampering in the Jaylen Brunson signing, per report

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The NBA is opening an investigation into the New York Knicks for possible tampering with the offseason signing of Jalen Brunson. By Chris Haynes. Brunson signed a four-year, $104 million deal with New York on the first day of free agency, and the league is weighing whether the Knicks contacted the young guard before free agency began.

New York’s interest in Brunson was reported before the start of free agency, and the Knicks were considered the favorite to trade him away from the Dallas Mavericks in the days leading up to the June 30 opening deadline due to family ties. . is with the franchise. The Knicks hired Jalen’s father, Rick Brunson, as an assistant coach a few weeks before free agency began, and New York general manager Leon Rose was Jalen’s agent before taking on the front office role. When free agency opened on June 30, it was reported that Brunson would meet with both the Mavericks and the Knicks, but Dallas ultimately did not receive an official meeting, as Brunson decided to sign with New York.

If the league determines the Knicks are guilty of tampering, they could face penalties, including fines or loss of draft picks. Last summer, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat both surrendered second-round picks after the league found they had tampered with the signings of Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, respectively. The same thing happened to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020 when an investigation found the team tampered when it agreed to a failed sign-and-trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic.

However, even if the Knicks land a second-round pick, it’s a little slap on the wrist they’ve long needed. Brunson played a key role in the Mavericks’ run to the Western Conference finals last season, and his performance in the first round against the Utah Jazz showed he is capable of a bigger role.

In the three games Brunson played against the Jazz without Luka Donic, he averaged 32 points, 5.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds. He’s an effective guard who doesn’t turn the ball over often, and can fuel an offense when needed, something the Knicks lack. Losing a draft pick will be a small price to pay if Brunson can help the Knicks get back to the playoffs.