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Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks return to Knicks with big raises

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The Knicks kicked off free agency by giving substantial raises to Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel. Burks, the backup guard and sparkplug scorer, agreed to a three-year, $30 million pact, according to ESPN. Nerlens Noel, the anchor of the defense last season, was slightly higher at three years, $32 million. Noel’s deal, in particular, is an indication the Knicks are concerned about the future of Mitchell Robinson, who broke his foot last season. Robinson is younger with a bigger upside but could become an unrestricted free agent after next season. Even when healthy, Robinson split time with Noel at…

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