Jalen Brunson is open to a contract extension with the Knicks

New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson is considering a contract extension this summer to solidify his future with the team. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, Brunson is receptive to the idea of extending his tenure with the Knicks and seems indifferent toward maximizing his earnings from the deal. Despite the potential for him to secure a lucrative contract as a free agent, Brunson’s priority appears to be the team’s success and his role within the organization.

Having previously signed a four-year, $104 million contract with the Knicks, Brunson will earn $24.9 million for the 2024-25 season, with a player option for the following year. Given his stellar performance during the 2023-24 season, where he averaged career-highs of 28.4 points and 6.7 assists, Brunson would undoubtedly attract considerable attention on the free agent market in 2025.

However, the Knicks have an opportunity to secure his services in a new deal before reaching that stage, especially since Brunson appears willing to prioritize team success over individual financial gain.

Tim Bontemps suggested that while it’s clear Brunson intends to stay with the Knicks long-term, the team should take the opportunity to negotiate a contract below maximum value. Such a move would benefit both parties, providing the Knicks with financial flexibility and positioning them to pursue additional talent in the future. This strategic approach aligns with Brunson’s stated commitment to the team’s journey and continued success.