The Knicks front office played it cool during the first few hours of free agency Friday night, when players were signing mutli-year deals for big money, and some fans were getting antsy. Is this it? Are we gonna miss out on everyone.
Not everyone, friends! Veteran shooting guard Alec Burks signed with the Knicks on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent Alec Burks has agreed to a one-year, $6M deal with the New York Knicks, agent Alex Saratsis tells @ZachLowe_NBA and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Burk has played on five teams in the past few seasons after starting his career with the Utah Jazz. He’s a roughly average three-point shooter (a big improvement for the Knicks!) and he can pass the rock.
One really nice thing about newest Knick Alec Burks is that he’s a great ball-mover for his position, finishing in the 86th percentile in AST% last season among wings acc. to @cleantheglass.— Jonathan Macri (@JCMacriNBA) November 21, 2020
Here’s what else I wrote him last month in arguing why he’s be a good low-key addition: pic.twitter.com/suWUQJcUjq
While he may not be the point guard Knicks fans were hoping for, Burk should fit in nicely. He has a history with front office members Walt Perrin (Jazz) and Brock Aller (Cavaliers). He should vie with returning vet Reggie Bullock for a starting job aside nominal shooting guard RJ Barrett (who really should be playing the three). Also, we can throw rookie first-rounder Immanuel Quickley into the mix.
The Knicks still have more than $30 million in cap room, though the number of remaining free agents is shrinking fast. Let’s see what leon Rose and gang can pull off.