Breaking: New York Knicks Sign SG/SF Alec Burks

Well, that took only a few hours. The Knicks have signed point guard Alec Burks to a one-year/ $6 million deal.

The Knicks needed a bench guard since the team waived Elfrid Payton yesterday. I believe Burks is an upgrade. Although, the team doesn’t have a starting point guard.

Last season with the 76ers and Warriors, Burks averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He played in 66 games.

Sure, signing Alec Burks isn’t groundbreaking but he adds a veteran presence to the bench.

For sure, Leon Rose and the Knicks’ front office can’t be done here. The Knicks need a starting small forward unless they believe Kevin Knox is the answer. They also need a starting point guard unless they believe in Frank Ntilikina or Dennis Smith Jr.

Some veteran point guards on the remaining market include Jeff Teague, Quinn Cook, D.J. Augustin, Rajon Rondo, and Michael Carter-Williams.

Teague and Augustin are two names that have been linked to the Knicks. Augustin played under Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls and Teague played under Thibs in Minnesota with the T-Wolves.

Some remaining small forwards on the market include Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, Moe Harkless, Jared Dudley, Carmelo Anthony, and Rondae-Hollis Jefferson.

It’s unlikely the Knicks look at all of these names. Interestingly enough, Anthony and the Knicks seem mutually interested in a reunion.

Anyway, it appears the Knicks got an upgrade in Alec Burks over Elfrid Payton. It’s unclear if Burks will be the starting point guard. But, he fits best as a bench role player.

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