June 30, 10:04 a.m.: The Heat now reports that they have not had a scheduled meeting with Bronson and will not be meeting with him today, according to local reporters. Ira WindermanAnd the Tim ReynoldsAnd the Anthony Chiang.
According to Haynes, the meetings will take place in New York, with the Knicks Mighty Firsts For an unrestricted free agent with a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $110 million.
Mavericks owner Mark CubanGM Nico Harrisoncoach Jason Kidd The meeting will be attended, according to Haynes, as well as the vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley And “maybe one or two players,” sources tell veteran NBA reporter Mark Stein (Twitter link). Stein reports (Via Twitter) that the Mavs are highly pessimistic about their ability to persuade Bronson to re-sign, but the 25-year-old’s camp sought meetings with the three teams before a decision was made.
League source says Stephen Bundy from the New York Daily News That the Mavericks were unwilling to offer more than $106 million as of this point, with Bronson reportedly seeking $125 million. Haynes confirms Bundy’s report, noting that Dallas has offered a five-year, $106 million deal to Bronson, so it appears he may be open to a slight annual discount ($125 million over five years versus $110 million over four) if the Mavs Ready to go that far using bird rights.
As Haynes notes, Miami’s only way to get Bronson would be by signing and trading, because the team would not have the roof space needed to sign him outright. It would be difficult to withdraw from such an agreement due to the signing and deals that lead to a strict cap in the tax yard, which will limit Miami’s financial flexibility for the rest of 2022/23. This is one of the reasons why Hines referred to Heat as a “dark horse”.
Here are some additional notes about Brunson’s free agency:
- “At least one senior member of the Knicks” sees Bronson as the top 10 player in the NBA, according to a Bundy report. Given the huge offer that the Knicks are said to be willing to extend, it makes sense that Bronson has fans in high positions within the organization.
- In an appearance on NBA Today, ESPN’s Bobby Marks said (video link) details why the signing and trading between the Mavericks and the Knicks might make sense for both teams, assuming Bronson ends up with New York.
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