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Utah Jazz: Point guard Trey Burke in trade discussions

Published February 16, 2016 1:06 pm

Jazz • Third-year guard has been mentioned in multiple discussions.
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The Utah Jazz have had multiple discussions with teams about a trade involving guard Trey Burke ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned from league sources.

Burke, a third-year guard out of Michigan, has missed the past three games against the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans because of the flu.

Burke was picked in the No. 9 spot overall in 2013 by the Jazz after a senior season at Michigan in which he was the national player of the year. Utah's second first-round pick that year was Rudy Gobert via a trade with the Denver Nuggets.

Burke swiftly became Utah's starting point guard, averaging 12.8 points per game and making first team all-rookie. Although he lost his starting job to Dante Exum midway through last season, Burke again averaged 12.8 points and played a key role off the bench for coach Quin Snyder.

Burke's role has dwindled this season. He averaged 31 minutes per game in his first two seasons, but is playing just 23 minutes per game this season. He is averaging 11.8 points per game

Still, Burke has proven he can be an offensive asset in the NBA. His shooting percentage has increased this season, and Snyder has repeatedly lauded him for also improving his defensive skills.


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