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Reports of Jalen Brunson ‘Shaving’ $15 Million a Year for Knicks Extension Draws Exhilarating Reactions

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Reports of Jalen Brunson ‘Shaving’ $15 Million a Year for Knicks Extension Draws Exhilarating Reactions

Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks‘ exceptional campaign disappointingly ended in the second round after their Game 7 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Still, the team played spectacularly while their season was still going, with Jalen Brunson in particular playing brilliantly all year long. For this, the franchise apparently wished to reward him with a hefty contract extension, but the guard is reportedly not interested in handicapping the franchise financially.

Per reports, Brunson, who will be eligible to sign a five-year, $270 million contract extension in the 2025 offseason, won’t wait for a year and will instead sign a four-year, $156 million extension with the franchise soon.

If the agreement goes through, he’d be giving up $75 million in salary over the next five seasons, or $15 million a year. Brunson is seemingly handing the Knicks a discount to ensure they can not only retain their key players but also add more talent.

The franchise has been enjoying a renaissance since the guard joined them in the 2022 offseason. They’ve won a one playoff series in the back-to-back for the first time in 24 years, but have failed to get past the second round each time.

To take the next step forward, they need more depth and potentially more stars in the starting lineup, but they’ll be unable to address that without financial flexibility.

Brunson is selflessly giving up a lot of money to help the Knicks retain the financial strength to add more players and the franchise’s fans are grateful to the guard for it. And as one may expect, fans are beyond appreciative of what he is doing for the sake of the team.

Knicks fans overjoyed about Jalen Brunson’s contract extension reports

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Jalen Brunson committing his long-term future to the Knicks at a discounted price has the team’s fans on social media singing the guard’s praises. One fan suggested that the franchise should commission a statue for their star if he signs the extension.

Another announced that Brunson sacrificing nearly $75 million showcased his leadership.

One Knicks fan was even impressed enough by Brunson’s sacrifice to anoint him the city’s monarch.

Another wondered if there was another player who had endeared himself to the Knicks faithful quite like Brunson has.

Jalen Brunson’s arrival in New York was the shot in the arm that the Knicks needed to rejuvenate itself as a franchise. Two years in, the guard is doing everything he can to ensure that the team’s return to relevance wasn’t just a flash in the pan and they turn into the juggernaut they once were.

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Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar


Jay Lokegaonkar is a basketball journalist who has been following the sports as a fan 2005. He has worked in a slew of roles covering the NBA, including writer, editor, content manager, social media manager, and head of content since 2018. However, his primary passion is writing about the NBA. Especially throwback stories about the league's iconic players and franchises. Revisiting incredible tales and bringing scarcely believable stories to readers are one his main interests as a writer.

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