June 29, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Former Michigan star point guard Trey Burke could be playing for a new NBA team next season.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Wednesday that the Utah Jazz are once again prepared to trade Burke this offseason, as the former first-round pick appears to no longer have a place in the team’s future.
Utah will get first round pick Dante Exum back from injury this season. And the team just acquired veteran point guard George Hill in a three-way trade on draft day.
Burke — who was drafted No. 9 overall in 2013 after finishing his sophomore year at Michigan as the consensus national player of the year — had a promising start to his time in Utah, but has struggled recently.
After averaging 12.8 points and making 68 starts as a rookie, Burke played exclusively off the bench for the Jazz in 64 games last season — his third in the league.
He saw his points per game total dip to 10.6 and his minutes fall down to 21.3.
By the end of last season, Burke was completely out of Utah’s rotation — as he played in just three of the team’s final 15 games.
Burke will be entering the fourth year of his rookie contract with Utah. The Jazz picked up their team option on Burke for a fourth season early last year. Once Burke finishes his fourth year in the league, he’ll have made roughly $11.03 million on his rookie deal.