Free Agent Rumors: Brunson, Oladipo, Ingles, Rockets

Jalen Brunson seems ready to use the . to leave Mavericks and sign with the Knicks for a reported $110MM over four years, but money may not be the only factor, writes Tim Cato of The Athletic. Sources tell Cato Brunson may not be willing to re-sign with the Mavs even if they agree to New York’s offer, leading to pessimism in Dallas about keeping the 25-year-old guard.

Cato adds that as of Tuesday there is no indication that the Mavericks are considering making a larger offer to Brunson.

In the same story, Cato examines Dallas’ system of evaluating how many players are worth and explains why the team decided last summer not to offer Brunson a four-year extension worth $55MM.

There is more on the market for free agents:

  • The kings are expected to be one of the teams contacting Victor Oladipo, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv. Injuries limited Oladipo to eight games during the regular season, but he was part of the rotation during the Heat playoffs. Oladipo is looking for a starting position and salary in the range of $10MM, tweets John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7.
  • The grizzlies are interested in Joe Ingles, adds Begley in the same piece. Ingles is in rehab after his season ended in late January with a torn ACL.
  • Rumors have the missiles to various centers in free agency, but Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle isn’t convinced this is a need. Second year center Alperen Sengun is expected to be the starter and the team plans to use a small ball approach, with no traditional center, for eight to 10 minutes per game. Feigen notes that the Rockets want to be careful with their cap space after this season and suggests they shouldn’t make a huge offer on a free agent this year.

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