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Mavs Ex Jalen Brunson Debuts with Knicks; How'd He Look?

Dallas Basketball on FanNation 10/5/2022 DallasBasketball.com Staff
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DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks and the NBA represent a constantly-in-motion news cycle ... and DallasBasketball.com, powered by Sports Illustrated, is here to chronicle it for you — trade rumors, reports, speculation and much more from the 2022-23 season.

OCT 6 JALEN DEBUTS How'd Jalen Brunson look?

His "soft opening'' at Madison Square Garden after having left Dallas for the Knicks in free agency yielded 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, one of three Knicks starters to reach double figures. RJ Barrett led the way with 21 (8-of-14) as the Knicks opened the 2022 preseason with a 117-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Julius Randle added 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the victorious hosts. ... all buoying the optimism of what the native New Yorker Brunson might do to help the Knicks turn things around.

AUG 19 MAVS SIGN G LEAGUE SCORER According to Keith Smith of Spotrac, the Dallas Mavericks are signing Tyler Hall to a training camp deal. Hall, 6-5, played at Montana State and then he played in one game for the New York Knicks last season.

Last season, the 25-year-old Hall - who apparently gets an Exhibit 10 deal after working out with Dallas this spring - averaged 15.5 points in 25 regular-season games in the G League.

AUG 17 MAVS SCHEDULE IN!

We will offer a complete breakdown of the Mavs' 2022-23 schedule, but for starters, here's a tidbit ...

Dallas will play 30 national TV games: 10 on ESPN, nine on NBA TV, seven on TNT and four on ABC. So ... Luka Doncic and his Mavs are crowned "TV stars.''

Much more to come.

AUG 15 BRUNSON RETURNS TO DALLAS

With the NBA schedule set to officially drop on Wednesday, the matchup leaks just keep coming ... and this time it has to do with a not-so-old friend making his return to Dallas.

Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks are reportedly scheduled to be in Dallas on Dec. 27 to take on the Mavs, who will be fresh off their primetime Christmas Day showdown with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Given the way Brunson departed Dallas – the Mavs were never granted a meeting in free agency, and the Knicks are currently being investigated for tampering by the league – the boo birds could make an appearance at American Airlines Center in this one. Regardless, it should be a fun game to watch, and you know Luka Doncic will be itching to show his former teammate what he's missing out on.

AUG 15 REVENGE REMATCH

The Mavs recorded a memorable blowout in Game 7  in the West semifinals over the Phoenix Suns.

Ready for the rematch? You won’t have to wait long.

The Suns will reportedly host the Dallas Mavericks in the season-opener for both teams on Oct. 19. So Luka Doncic vs. Devin Booker and Chris Paul? Again?

Bring it on.

AUG 15 KD LEVERAGE PLAY WITH NETS?

So far, the Kevin Durant trade saga has been civil … but that could be changing with NBA training camps being a little more than a month away. Despite Durant demanding a trade six weeks ago, the Brooklyn Nets’ front office has been in no rush to make things happen.

In Durant’s most recent visit with Nets owner Joe Tsai about a week ago, he reiterated his desire to be traded, but also gave an ultimatum that was essentially, “either trade me or fire coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.” After that news surfaced, Tsai responded by sending out this tweet:

In theory, it would be in the Nets’ best interest to keep Durant, who still has four years remaining on his contract, given that trade offers from opposing teams haven’t been as extraordinary as expected. However, Durant apparently has no intentions of changing his mind on wanting to leave Brooklyn, and things could get ugly if he doesn’t get his wish in the next month.

According to NBA reporter Marc Stein, many around the league are bracing for Durant to cause a “ruckus behind the scenes.”

“During summer league in Las Vegas, one of the most well-connected team executives I speak to regularly insisted to me that, based on what he was hearing, Kevin Durant was more apt to retire than play again for the Brooklyn Nets,” Stein wrote in his Monday newsletter.

“I told the tipster that I simply couldn't believe that. I was a loyal subscriber to the theory that Durant The Hooper loves playing basketball way too much to adopt such a stance.

“Now? More than a month later? Attaching the R-word to Durant still comes across as serious hyperbole, but it is certainly getting easier to envision him refusing to report to training camp when the Nets get back together in six weeks for Media Day (Sept. 26) and their first practices of the new season (Sept. 27).”

The Dallas Mavericks don’t appear to have nearly enough assets to get their foot in the door when it comes to a Durant trade, but the domino effect following his potential exit from Brooklyn could affect Dallas.

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