BOSTON — With the New York Knicks trying to forfeit their salary so they can face free agent Jalen Brunson, a large portion of their roster is available this offseason. They don’t even want much in return.
That appears to be the case with veteran point guard Alec Burks and a number of teams are interested in acquiring the 30-year-old. According to a report by SNY, the Celtics are among the teams “that have some interest in trading Burks.”
Thanks to Brad Stevens’ large TPE collection, the Celtics were able to take over Burks’ contract without having to ship anything back to New York. Burks is entering the second year of a three-year, $30 million deal, but the contract is only guaranteed for one more season. The final year of the deal is a $10.48 million club option.
He would fit into the $17.1 million TPE the Celtics received from Evan Fournier’s departure to the Knicks last offseason, although the Celtics — and their fans — would likely be happy to add someone with something to do with that advantage is more influential.
But given Boston’s rise in the 2021-22 season, don’t expect big changes this offseason. The Celtics are looking to address their depth issues, with Stevens emphasizing the need for more shots and goals off the bench as well as an experienced ball handler. Burks would help on all three fronts.
Burks played in 81 games for New York last season, averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He hit 40 percent of his shots from three-point range and 39 percent from the ground overall.
Burks had foot surgery after the regular season ended but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season.