Ian Begley: Knicks announce signings of Taj Gibson & Alec Burks. NYK re-worked Gibson’s deal & signed him for 2-years, $10.1M via an exception. Burks’ 3-year deal starts at $9.5M & has a team option in final year. ESPN 1st reported Gibson. Leon Rose on return of Burks, Nerlens Noel & Gibson: pic.twitter.com/J7MpxwlLCw
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Alec Burks is also expected to re-sign with the Knicks on a three-year agreement worth roughly $30 million. Nerlens Noel seems likely to return to Madison Square Garden on a deal worth slightly more than $10 million annually.
Alec Burks is another possibility. The Cavs like him and would be interested in a reunion, a source says. Burks played about half a season with the Cavs in 2018-19 before getting sent to Sacramento in a three-team trade that netted Cleveland a first-round-pick.
The Knicks have some decisions to make at the guard/wing position this offseason. Reggie Bullock and Alec Burks are free agents. To keep both players, the Knicks will probably have to sign them through at least 2022-23. Is New York willing to use cap space to bring back both players? That’s unknown.
Midway through the regular season, at least one Knicks decision-maker wanted to bring back Burks, Bullock and Nerlens Noel. The thinking at the time: These 2021 free agents helped us exceed expectations, so why not bring them back? That was prior to the Knicks’ strong close to the regular season (16-4) and their disappointing playoff performance against the Atlanta Hawks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Alec Burks has agreed to a one-year, $6M deal with the New York Knicks, agent Alex Saratsis tells @Zach Lowe and me.
Alec Burks has made it clear that even in this deeply afflicted season he enjoys being a Warrior and is interested in remaining beyond his one-year contract, to see what it’s like to play with the fully restored roster expected to grace the court next October.
Five months into a one-year contract with the Warriors, Alec Burks occasionally allows himself to gaze beyond this tortured season. Those glimpses have seduced the veteran wing into wanting more. “I love being here,” Burks told NBC Sports Bay Area after practice Sunday. “I want to be here.” The Warriors like him, too. They see the benefits of having someone who is reliably low-maintenance and generally productive.
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Alec Burks to a contract, the team announced today.
The Thunder reached agreements with Muscala and Burks to open free agency last week, but after George’s stunning trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City granted both players the opportunity to re-evaluate their options, league sources told ESPN. Muscala will remain with the Thunder while Burks is signing with a different team, league sources said.
The Thunder were prepared to honor the commitments on the agreements while also allowing the players to reconsider their situations. With George traded, the Thunder are changing course, focusing on rebuilding with draft assets and young players. They traded Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, collecting their sixth first-round draft pick in the past three days.
“It was great. I had a lot of fun,” Burks said of his time as a Cavalier. “There’s a lot of great people in Cleveland. People don’t know, really, because LeBron (James) left and kind of took the shine off. But there’s a lot of great people out there. The city, the state of Ohio, there’s a lot of great people out there.”
Burks declined to mention which teams he’s drawn interest from so far, but he said he brings lots to the table, including versatility and playoff experience.
That leaves Burks. His contract may have more value than what he brings on the court. Although performances like the one he had in Brooklyn certainly point the other way. After the game Burks was asked if Cleveland is where he wants to be. “Hopefully. That’s not up to me,” Burks said. “We will see what happens.”
Eric Woodyard: Jazz guard Alec Burks on contract year: “I don’t believe in pressure.”
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Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant says he’s not concerned about Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status. “We trust in Kyrie and I expect us to have our whole team at some point.”
Ben Rohrbach: Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving’s availability: “I expect it not to be [an issue]. That’s on Kyrie and that’s his personal decision. … We trust in Kyrie. I expect us to have our whole team at some point.”
Ian Begley: Kyrie Irving will not be at Media Day in Brooklyn today, sources confirm. NYC mandate states that all Knicks/Nets need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to practice/play home games in NYC. Nets training camp is in San Diego. Irving may talk to media via Zoom. ESPN first reported.
Brian Lewis: According to NY rules, Kyrie Irving can’t play or practice at home until he gets a vaccination shot. Kevin Durant: “We trust in Kyrie and I expect us to have our whole team at some point.” #Nets #NBA
Brian Lewis: KD on whether inking long-term will help convince Kyrie Irving and James Harden to do the same: “We all three talked about playing here for a long time but their situations will happen on their time and we all respect that.” #Nets #NBA
Alex Schiffer: Kevin Durant said he trusted LaMarcus Aldridge’s judgement when he found out LA wanted to come back. Didn’t try and talk him out of it like Marks did. Said he knew LA was 49 points from 20K and was bummed he wouldn’t be able to get it. Now is pumped to be able to see him hit it.