New York Knicks Slapped With Penalty For Tampering

The NBA has come down (sort of) on the New York Knicks for speaking with impending free agent Jalen Brunson before the official opening of free agency. They've been stripped of their 2nd round pick in 2025.

Word leaked of the Knicks' agreement with former Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson on a 4-year, $104M deal moments after the signing period opened on June 30th at 6pm Eastern. 

The league has determined after an investigation that the team "violated league rules governing the timing of free agency discussions."

Naturally, the Knicks will gladly pay that minimal price of a 2nd round pick if the result is the All-Star worthy season they're getting from their new backcourt sparkplug and team leader. Brunson has the Knicks on an 8-game winning streak and right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture at 18-13.

Brunson is averaging a career-high 20.8 points and 6.2 assists while shooting a strong 37.4% from three-point range.

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