This could go one of two ways: Either Brunson turns out to be the perfect building block for a franchise desperate to return to past glory, or Knicks fans will eventually revolt at giving all that money to a player without enough Broadway razzmatazz in his game. I’m thinking how Sixers fans often looked at Andre Iguodala and his big contract. If you’re looking to build a winner … he’s perfect.
The New York Knicks made headlines when they acquired former Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson at the start of free agency, luring the dynamic point guard away from his former team with a four-year, $104 million contract. They also made a smaller splash a few minutes later, signing backup center Isaiah Hartenstein to a two-year, $16 million contract. The seven-footer averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game for the Los Angeles Clippers last year.
Donovan Mitchell's ready to play ball ... of a different variety. The Utah Jazz superstar is set to tip off his Independence Day weekend activities by taking in the New York Mets' late afternoon showdown against the Texas Rangers at Citi Field in Queens.