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Report: Burks won't rejoin Warriors, agrees to Knicks contract

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There will be no reunion between Alec Burks and the Warriors, at least not this offseason.

The former Warriors wing has agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with the New York Knicks, his agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Current Warriors forward Eric Paschall was thrilled for his former teammate.

Burks signed with the Warriors last offseason and went on to put together the best stretch of basketball in his career. In 48 games for the injury-ravaged Warriors, Burks averaged a career-best 16.1 points while playing 29 minutes per night. He also grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game during his time with Golden State.

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In February, the Warriors traded Burks and Glenn Robinson III to the Philadelphia 76ers for three second-round draft picks, including a 2020 pick which Golden State used to select Nico Mannion.

The Warriors really liked having Burks and Robinson on the team last season, and general manager Bob Myers spoke at the time about how tough it was to trade them.

"The night we traded [Alec] Burks and [Glenn] Robinson -- that was a little bit of a gut-wrenching thing for the people on the team," Myers told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in February. "Those guys were good players and good guys and did everything we asked of them.

"And I had a moment, too. I started questioning. We're really kind of ripping our fabric apart here. And [assistant general manager] Mike Dunleavy -- who played 15 years -- said, 'Here's the other side of that coin: The fact that guys are in tears -- and we've only won 10 games or 12 games and don't want to leave -- says something about what you guys have created.' So I'm proud of that part ... it sucks to lose. But what makes it good or bad are the people."

 
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While a Burks reunion now is off the table, Robinson III still could find his way back to the Bay Area.

A month after he was traded, Robinson III spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole about possibly rejoining the Warriors in free agency.

"Would I rule out? Not with this organization," Robinson told Poole. "They were really great to me, and like I said, really changed my career, so it's no bad feelings, no hard love for Golden State."

So while Burks has chosen to go elsewhere, keep an eye out for a possible reunion with Robinson III.