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Jalen Brunson Reveals He Has No Bad Blood With Dallas Mavericks: "I'm Gonna Root For Them, I'm Gonna Be Happy For Them."

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In free agency, Jalen Brunson left the Dallas Mavericks to join the New York Knicks on a lucrative, multi-year contract. There's no doubt that it was a sound business decision for Jalen Brunson, even if he had to leave the team he had a breakout playoff run with.

Sometimes when players leave their former teams, there are some hard feelings involved. However, that doesn't seem to be the case with Jalen Brunson and the Dallas Mavericks. In a recent interview, Brunson claimed that he would still be rooting for his former team and their success.

Jalen Brunson: “There’s no bad blood at all for me. No bad blood. I’m gonna root for them, I’m gonna be happy for them, for their success"

Derek Harper: No bad blood. But did you think that there was bad blood coming out of the Mavericks organization?

Jalen Brunson: “I don’t think so. I think they all knew it’s business first. I love my time there and I love being part of it. Every time I step on the court, I was playing for those people–my coaches, teammates, everyone in the organization–and gave it my all. I wanted to be there for the long haul. I thought I was gonna be with Dallas my entire career.”

It is definitely good to see that Jalen Brunson and the Dallas Mavericks are still on good terms. It is far more preferable to have an amicable conclusion to any situation, including Jalen Brunson making a business decision and joining another team, even though he wanted to stay with the Mavericks.

As of now, Jalen Brunson will likely be focused on his upcoming season with the New York Knicks. He will be the primary ball handler on the roster and will be in charge of playmaking for others. Hopefully, he has a productive season with the New York Knicks, and perhaps we'll see Jalen Brunson become a difference-maker for the Knicks franchise.