The Boston Celtics are undoubtedly demanding ways to improve the team in their quest to hang Banner 18 at the end of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, and among the targets we’ve previously circulated as potential targets, a healthy Alec Burks stood out as a Potential option for the Celtics to use their $17.1 traded player (TPE) exemption to bring the New York Knicks wing on board.
Such an option would allow the Knicks to make room for their pursuit of Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson if Boston doesn’t send a player back, which the TPE would allow, making a deal potentially beneficial to both sides. And now we’re hearing that Boston is actually interested, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.
“Several teams, including the Boston Celtics, have some interest in trading for Burks,” Begley said, with the word “degree” perhaps being key to any potential trade. That’s because Burks underwent foot surgery for an undisclosed problem and his availability next season would be crucial for a team like Boston pulling the trigger on a trade.
Any team caring for Burks would have longer-term financial insurance if the Knicks guard were actually unable to qualify for a significant stretch since last season is a team option in his current deal.
But for Boston, using the TPE would require either an available player capable of contributing to playoff basketball — or a significant asset to later trade for such a player.
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