Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Free Agents in 2022

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7. Jalen Brunson (Unrestricted)

Another fourth-season breakout player, Jalen Brunson certainly made his presence known to Spurs fans this season. The 6-1 point guard averaged 21.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game in four bouts with the Silver and Black as Dallas swept the season series for the first time ever.

Brunson has emerged as a deadly shooter capable of scoring at a high clip on a nightly basis, shooting 38.7% from downtown over the last two seasons. He also drives to the basket fearlessly and makes big plays in the guts of games.

Much as the case is with Simons, don't expect Brunson to give the Dallas Mavericks a discount either. Just ask his father, Rick, who talked to ESPN: "We've got to figure out if Dallas wants him. Not words," he said. "Ain't no discount. So don't put it on us. Don't tell me you love me. Show me."

Brunson's improvements make me hesitate a bit, but in the end, I don't think the circumstances quite line up here. ESPN's report suggested Brunson could command between $20 and $25 million this summer. That price tag plus the fact that the Spurs have enough undersized guards make me shift this over to a pass. There are simply too many other better options for San Antonio to go after with their cash.

Verdict: Pass