Alec Burks’ offseason began with surgery on his left leg and could have ended on a different team.
The Knicks quarterback, a trade candidate in Thursday’s NBA draft, is expected to recover in time for training camp, sources confirmed. While news of Burks’ operation broke on Wednesday, it was shortly after the end of the regular season in mid-April, and the area has been bothering him for a while, the source said.
With Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker out of action for much of last season, the 30-year-old Burks became the starting point guard with a career-high 2,318 minutes. He averaged 11.7 points and five rebounds, but is not seen as a long-term answer.
According to sources, Burks is guaranteed about $10 million next season, which the Knicks are trying to offload to get a cap spot to chase Mavericks defenseman Jalen Brunson at large, according to the sources.
Among the other players the Knicks are trying to sell—Nerlens Noel, Kemba Walker, and Evan Fournier—the Burks deal is the easiest to get out of the way. He also has a $10.5 million team option for the 2023–24 season.
However, according to league sources, foot surgery reduced Berks’ value in negotiations. This is his third operation in this area, with previous operations on his left ankle in 2015 and 2016. flee to Brunson.
Either way, the Mavericks can offer Brunson more money and years because they own the rights to the bird. The big question is how high Mark Cuban will rise for a player who has just begun to show star potential in this year’s playoffs.
The Mavericks already have four defensemen – Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie – guaranteed $86 million next season.
Brunson’s father, Rick, was hired by the Knicks as an assistant coach.
Other opportunities for the Knicks include a trade for point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who was provided by the Pacers, or a draft promotion for Purdue guard Jayden Ivey.