Knicks Rumors: Alec Burkes and Nerlence Noel traded at Pistons to make way for salary cap | Ovarian Report

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Veteran New York Knicks players, Nerlance Noel and Alec Burks, are on the move.

The two traded for the Detroit Pistons along with two future second-round picks and cash, according to ESPN’s Adrian Vojnarowski.

The Knicks earned $19 million in max space with the move and appears to open up space to step up with soon-to-be agent guard Galen Bronson, who last played for the Dallas Mavericks.

The move should come as no surprise after ESPN’s Brian Windhurst stated on January 27 that the Knicks were willing to trade some of their veteran players, such as Borks, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.

Walker has traded with the Pistons on the night of the draw, but is expected to negotiate a buyout deal, according to Lugnarowski.

Burks joined the Knicks ahead of the 2020-21 season on a one-year deal. The team then re-signed a three-year, $30 million contract ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

The 30-year-old had a solid first season in New York, averaging 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 42.0% from the ground and 41.5% from depth. However, his shooting numbers declined during the 2021-22 campaign. He averaged 11.7 points from 39.1 shots from the ground and 40.4 percent from shots from depth in 81 games.

Burks was in and out of the starting lineup last season, but he mainly played on the bench when the Knicks were healthy.

The Utah Jazz selected the Colorado producer with the 12th overall pick in 2011. He spent seven and a half seasons with the franchise, and has bounced around the league ever since.

Utah traded Birx for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018-19 season, and the team switched him to the Sacramento Kings soon after. Birx also spent time with two franchises during the 2019-20 season: the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers.

The addition of Burks gives the pistons more depth to enter the 2022-23 season.

Burks must act as Cade Cunningham’s backup and join the Point Guard group that also includes Cory Joseph and Killian Hayes.

As for Noel, he has spent the past two seasons in New York, playing mainly on the bench. During the 2021-22 season, he averaged 3.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 25 games while shooting 53.3 percent from the ground.

The Charlotte Hornets selected Noel with the sixth overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, he never played a game for the franchise and made his debut during the 2014-15 season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 28-year-old also played for the Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder in his eight-year career. He has achieved a cap of $9.2 million for the 2022-23 season and has the club’s option for the 2023-24 campaign.

Noel, a quarterback, will also be on the Detroit bench, joining a host of big men including starters Isaiah Stewart, Kelly Olynyk and Jalen Doreen in the first round of 2022.

The Knicks still have a lot to know despite the Birx and Noel transfer to the Pistons. The team finished the 2021-22 season with a record 37-45, placing eleventh in the Eastern Conference.

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