The 2022 NBA free agency class is largely considered a weak one considering most of the top talent is expected to remain with their current franchise. Among the top options to monitor is Jalen Brunson of the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks were reluctant to get a long-term deal done with Brunson before the 2021-22 season because of his struggles against the LA Clippers in the 2021 NBA playoffs. Now, he’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

After a career year with averages of 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, Brunson is among the top point guard options for teams to pursue in the upcoming offseason. His play in the postseason — averaging 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists — should only help.

Brunson emerged as the starting backcourt partner alongside Luka Doncic after Mavericks coach Jason Kidd integrated him into the lineup midseason. Ever since there’s been real success experienced by the offense having a secondary ball handler.

There is surely mutual interest from Brunson and the Mavericks to make their current partnership a long-term arrangement given how he’s performed in the playoffs. He will have options, though.

Let’s look at the best and worst potential NBA free agency landing spots for Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson.

 

Good Landing Spot: Detroit Pistons

Jalen Brunson has experienced a lot of success playing as the backcourt partner next to Luka Doncic during his time with the Dallas Mavericks. There’s plenty to like about the potential fit with the Detroit Pistons as a landing spot despite their poor record, too.

Brunson isn’t necessarily reliant on playing next to a star. He’s shown he can step up in a major way when running the half-court offense himself. However, his lack of a pull-up 3 as a smaller guard does pose some limitations.

By playing with Doncic, Brunson gets the easier matchups, can attack off the catch against an out-of-rotation defense, and most importantly, thread catch-and-shoot looks. He’d get a similar benefit playing alongside Cade Cunningham.