“New York Knicks” checked the market for trading Alec Burks while getting almost no pay back, part of their effort to clear a spot in the cap to get away from the free agent quarterback. Jalen Brunson (or, otherwise, maybe Kyrie Irving).
That’s probably why the organization didn’t announce it: Burks had surgery on his foot. Fred Katz of The Athletic broke the news, which was soon confirmed by others.
Knicks defenseman Alec Burks has undergone foot surgery and is expected to return in time for training camp, sources say. @TheAthletic.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) June 22, 2022
confirming that Alec Burks had surgery on his foot. ….According to the source, the procedure was carried out shortly after the end of the season. https://t.co/WfueWs1zi2
— Stephen Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) June 22, 2022
The Knicks season ended on April 10.
What will worry teams considering bringing in Burks is a history of leg problems, as pointed out by Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothing.
As Nate points out, this will be Burks’ fifth lower limb surgery since December 2015. https://t.co/gIcz9sCBld
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) June 22, 2022
More broadly (and something mentioned by Nate Duncan) in a league that forms partnerships with gaming organizations as part of its business model, transparency matters. The Knicks’ season is over and this particular situation hasn’t directly impacted any games, but the Knicks’ silence speaks to an internal conflict between teams looking for an advantage and players needing transparency. This could be a major problem for the league in the coming years.
The good news is that Burks should be ready to go next fall (although there are rumors that he might slow down at the start of camp). Wherever he plays.