Not much Duke news in free agency yet, but Knicks loyalist RJ Barrett caught a break: Jalen Brunson signed with the Knicks Thursday, which means New York has a strong backcourt to build around now. Brunson will pair with former Duke star Barrett and since both are young - Brunson is 25 and Barrett just 22 - they could spend a decade or so together. It looks like a great situation for Barrett, who is emerging as New York’s brightest star.
July 1 - Veteran center JaVale McGee is headed back to the Dallas Mavericks, agreeing to a three-year, $20.1 million deal, with the third year as a player option, according to multiple reports on Thursday. The 7-footer had a successful 2021-22 season as the backup center and stopgap starter for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 9.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 74 games.
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