NBA rumors: Celtics interested in trade for Knicks guard Alec Burks

It wouldn’t be a bad result if the Boston Celtics couldn’t land a marquee player in the 2022 NBA offseason.

The Celtics don’t need a major roster overhaul. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two of the league’s brightest young stars. The youngest first-round draft picks, Robert Williams, Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard, also have a lot of room for improvement.

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Strengthening the bench and adding outside shooting is perhaps the best course of action for the Celtics in free hands and in the trade market.

One intriguing target is Alec Burks, guard for the New York Knicks. The Celtics are reportedly among several teams with “some interest” in acquiring Burks through Handel, according to SNY’s Ian Begley. The Knicks are motivated to make room for the salary cap in their quest for free agent guard Jalen Brunson.

Burks has a $10 million salary cap next season and a club option for 2023-24 at about $10.4 million per Spotrac. His salary would fit into the trade exception the Celtics created when they sent guard Evan Fournier to the Knicks last summer.

Burks averaged 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and three assists per game for the Knicks last season. His outside shooting would help the Celtics tremendously. Burks has hit 40 percent or more from 3-point ranges in each of the last two seasons. He’s a 38 percent 3-point shooter for his career.

The 30-year veteran also played 18 games for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2019-20 season and one of his assistant coaches in Philly was current Celtics head coach Ime Udoka.

Burks would give the Celtics good outside shooting, bench scoring and some playmaking skills. Boston’s bank could use more of all three.

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