Knicks reportedly seek to create cap space; could Celtics capitalize?

In their pursuit of Dallas Mavericks unrestricted free agent point guard Jalen Brunson, the New York Knicks are rumored to be looking for Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, who should draw the attention of the Boston Celtics as they attempt to add talent to the team in their quest after an NBA title in 2023.

Specifically, Fischer shares that the Knicks are trying to get Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks in another team’s space, which aligns well with Boston’s goals of adding some wing depth in Burks’ case and fitting with the team’s rotation. A 6-foot-6, 30-year veteran with some passing, solid defense and a career 38.0% 3-point shot, Burks and his $10 million salary would add up nicely to the $17.1 million -Dollar exceptions for team traded players fit from sign-and-trading wing Evan Fournier to New York at the end of the previous season.

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About $7 million would be left to strike another deal to help the Knicks make the space they need to sign Brunson as well.

Not enough to rake in Noel’s $9.2 million salary this season, but perhaps New York would be happy to send veteran big man Taj Gibson.

Gibson may have enough left in the tank to serve as the third big man to help the team off the bench, and his veteran voice could help steady the team in future playoff runs.

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