Celtics’ Alec Burks interest could help Jalen Brunson chase

The New York Knicks’ seemingly dogged pursuit of Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson could get a big kick. That’s if the Knicks could strike a deal with Alec Burks, which NBA insider Ian Begley says is already attracting interest from at least the Boston Celtics.

The Knicks can make about $25 million trading Alec Burks or Nerlens Noel if they don’t take back salary. Several teams, including the Boston Celtics, have some interest in trading for Burks, according to sources. The Mavericks can offer Brunson an extra year and more money than the Knicks. Dallas can offer Brunson a maximum five-year, $175 million contract. The Knicks can offer Brunson a maximum four-year, $131 million contract (this deal would start at $30.5 million).

Burk’s value right now is mostly on his contract and less on what he could actually do on the pitch for a team like the Celtics. The veteran guard-forward is scheduled to earn over $10 million in the 2022-23 NBA season and will receive a $10.489 million team option in the 2023-24 season. Noel, on the other hand, is expected to pocket $9.24 million next season with a team option for 2022-23 worth $9.68 million.

The Knicks have created a little more leeway with all the deals they made in the 2022 NBA draft, including a trade that sent Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons, and only time will tell if all of those maneuvers actually work out would Brunson end up in New York.

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