Boston Celtics interested in Alec Burks as Knicks look to open up cap space (report)

The Knicks are apparently desperate to slash salary so they can sign Jalen Brunson freelance. That means taking pressure off salaries and potentially productive players, and this is where the Celtics could come into the conversation.

According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the Cs are interested in acting for the Knicks’ Alec Burks. Burks is the type of player who could be interested in Boston as another benching option after averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season. Burks is entering his second season on a three-year, $30 million contract.

The kicker to any trade negotiations for Burks is that the Knicks no longer want to take salary. They’ve already taken some cost-cutting steps this offseason, sending Kemba Walker and No. 13 overall Jalen Duren to the Pistons to clean up cap space. So if the Celtics want to acquire Burks, they’ll have to use one of their traded player exceptions to get the money working.

Free agency opens Thursday, so the Knicks don’t have too much time to find room for the cap. If the price is right, Boston President Brad Stevens could pounce by buying another prolific veteran for cheap assets. It Doesn’t Hurt Burks hit 40.4% of his 3-point streak on 4.8 attempts per game last season.

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