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Jalen Brunson not only free-agent point guard option for Knicks

It’s not essentially Jalen Brunson or bust.

While the Mavericks free agent is clearly the Knicks’ prime goal to fill their cavernous gap at point guard, there are different choices on the market to enhance the staff now that they’ve cleared practically $20 million of cap space and are planning to create much more.

The Post’s Zach Braziller breaks down another potentialities because the free company interval nears:

Malcolm Brogdon

The Pacers have put the 29-year-old lead guard on the commerce block now that they’ve younger backcourt gamers to build round, akin to Tyrese Haliburton and first-round decide Bennedict Mathurin. Brogdon is attainable for the Knicks.

The former Virginia star has been a productive participant all through his six-year NBA career, averaging 15.5 factors, 4.8 assists and capturing 37.6 p.c from 3-point vary.

He does include damage danger. Brogdon only appeared in 36 video games final year and hasn’t appeared in additional than 64 contests in a single season since his rookie year. He’s additionally costly. He is owed $22.6 million in 2022-23, and $22.5 million every of the following two seasons, in accordance with Spotrac.

Tyus Jones, Malcolm Brogdon and Dejounte Murray
Tyus Jones, Malcolm Brogdon and Dejounte Murray
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Dejounte Murray

He is by far essentially the most unlikely of the choices on this checklist, and it might take a haul. The rebuilding Spurs, nevertheless, are prepared to maneuver Murray for a number of first-round picks, in accordance with Bleacher Report. The Knicks personal 11 first-round picks over the following seven years, and as many as 4 in subsequent year’s draft.

The 6-foot-4 guard can be a franchise-changer, and enjoying Murray alongside RJ Barrett would give coach Tom Thibodeau one of many higher backcourts within the league. Murray is coming off an exceptional season, during which he posted 21.1 factors, 9.2 assists and eight.3 rebounds and continues to be only 25 years previous with two years left on his contract.

Tyus Jones

The former Duke standout has carved out a powerful position for himself with the Grizzlies, rising this year as a key piece to top-of-the-line younger rosters within the league. As a free agent, Jones could now be capable of money in.

A high quality defender who not often turns the ball over himself, he’s coming off the most effective season of his career, one during which he notched career highs in scoring (8.7), rebounds (2.4) and 3-point capturing (39.0 p.c) in simply 21.2 minutes per sport. His numbers had been even higher when Ja Morant was out and his position expanded, the 6-foot Jones notching 12.7 factors and 6.6 assists in 23 video games.

With Memphis touchdown Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee within the NBA draft, Jones is probably going headed for a brand new staff.

Ricky Rubio

As with Brogdon, there are damage issues. He is coming off a torn ACL and is a bit lengthy within the tooth, on the age of 31. But he’s a real point guard who can actually run a staff, which the Knicks have clearly lacked for years.

Rubio was having a terrific season final year for the Cavaliers earlier than getting harm, producing 13.1 factors and 6.6 assists. The Knicks might give him a lightweight workload, rotating in Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley and Miles “Deuce” McBride on the point.

Kyle Anderson

He’s a neighborhood man, hailing from Fairview, N.J., and wouldn’t be too costly. The 6-foot-9 Anderson isn’t a star — his greatest season got here in 2020-21 with the Grizzlies when he averaged 12.4 factors, 5.7 rebounds and three.6 assists — however he does quite a lot of issues nicely.

Perhaps most significantly for the Knicks, the free-agent ahead defends and generally is a secondary playmaker. This previous season, he produced a defensive ranking of 106, tied for the most effective on Memphis.

It wouldn’t be a splashy transfer, however might be efficient, significantly if the Knicks are unable to land a brand new point guard and will use extra high-level passers.

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