Atlantean Notes: Brunson, Irving, Raptors

While the NBA is continuing its investigation into the timing of the curtsy‘ Free-agent acquisition of Point Guard Jalen Brunson, The Athletic’s Fred Katz analyzes the evidence. Rumors ahead of free agency in 2022 suggested Brunson would be leaving the Mavericks for the Knicks for a new four-year, $104 million deal. When this gossip turned out to be true, the League decided to investigate closely what happened and when.

Katz notes that it’s difficult to see what kind of talks ahead of free agency the NBA will frown upon, in part given that Jalen’s father is a former New York point guard Rick BrunsonHe was hired as an assistant coach under the Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau in June. Knicks Team President Leon Roseonce an NBA agent who represented Rick, has known both Brunsons for decades.

Last year, the league opted to penalize the Bulls and Heat for what they saw as tampering violations in their 2021 sign-and-trade measures Lonzo ball and Kyle Lowry, respectively. Each team was forced to give up an upcoming second-round pick. This year, in addition to the Knicks, the NBA is also investigating the Sixers for possible manipulation violations.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • When nets point guard Kyrie Irving returned to his native New Jersey for his Pro-Am “More Than A Run” All-Star Game at Kean University, Brooklyn made it a point to share the moment on the team’s official social media platforms. In an effort to read the tea leaves,’s Adam Zagoria suggests it seems increasingly possible that Irving could return to Brooklyn this fall rather than be dumped in a preseason trade. Kyrie’s teammates Kessler Edwards, David Duke Jr.and Royce O’Neale were all present at the event in New Jersey.
  • heat protection Kyle Lowryat some point during his successful run with the birds of preytried to lure Vincent Carter back to Toronto, Lowry revealed on Carter’s podcast The Vince Carter Show (Twitter video link via Uninterrupted Canada). “I tried to get Vince back with us once,” said Lowry. “We had talks” Carter confirmed. “We tried to get it right, it didn’t work” Lowry continued. “I was one of the biggest supporters trying to get him back to Toronto and Vince was all in.” It is unclear exactly when this recruitment took place, but it is believed to have come quite late in Carter’s illustrious career. The Raptors originally drafted Carter with the fifth pick from North Carolina. The 6’6″ wing was named to his first five All-Star teams while with Toronto before finally being traded to the Nets in the midst of his sixth straight All-Star season in 2004-05. A total of eight-time All-Star, Carter played for an NBA-record 22 seasons. He finally retired in 2020 at the age of 43 after spending two years working as a bankroller with the Hawks.
  • In case you missed it, 6’11” Serbian power forward/center Philip Petrusevwho was drafted with the No. 50 pick by sixes in 2021 expressed confidence in Philadelphia’s development plan for him. Born in Serbia, Petrusev will play for Serbian club Crvena Zvezda in the 2022/23 season.

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