Burke was traded from the Jazz to the Wizards on Sunday in exchange for a future second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. With George Hill, Dante Exum, Shelvin Mack and Raul Neto all a part of the Jazz's crowded backcourt, Burke was expected to be dealt out of Utah, so this move comes as no surprise. Burke should find a much more manageable path to minutes with the Wizards, where he'll likely start the season as John Wall's backup at point guard. Burke saw a career-low 21 minutes per game during his 2015-16 campaign, to go along with averages of 10.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. With less options in the backcourt in Washington, Burke could see his numbers on the rise.
Burke failed to capitalize on Utah's lack of point guard depth during the 2015-16 season and consequentially fell out of coach Quin Snyder's rotation, resulting in eight consecutive DNP-CD to finish out his third year in the league. Burke failed to start in any games for the Jazz this season after starting in 68 and 43 during his first two seasons in Utah. This is quite alarming when considering that Dante Exum (knee) never stepped foot on the court, Alec Burks (knee) only mustered 31 appearances, and Snyder preferred rookie Raul Neto 53 times over Burke as a starter. Fortunately Burke still has one more guaranteed year left on his contract, but he seems destined for a stagnate season on the bench barring something unforeseen during the offseason.
Burke scored 17 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT) and a rebound over 12 minutes in Thursday's 113-91 loss to the Thunder. The forgotten man of the Jazz backcourt exploded for his second-best scoring total of March in just 12 highly efficient minutes. Burke had received a DNP due to a coach's decision over the previous three games, so his modest outburst was certainly a pleasant surprise for any fantasy owners still hanging on to him. However, the second-year pro's playing time has been anything but stable since Utah's acquistion of Shelvin Mack at the trade deadline, rendering Burke too unreliable in any fantasy format.
Burke scored 18 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT) to go with two steals and an assist in 22 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Warriors. After being phased out of the rotation in favor of Raul Neto and recently acquired Shelvin Mack, Burke made the most of his opportunity during this blowout loss to Golden State. He shot just 40 percent from the field but nailed all eight of his free throws. Burke didn't see the floor in Utah's previous two games and while he had a nice outing, it's an uphill battle for him crack the rotation the rest of the season.
Burke was a DNP-CD for the first time in his career Monday against the Celtics, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "It was [head coach Quin Snyder's] decision," Burke said. "I was ready whenever he called my number. I was ready to go in. But that was the decision he made." The Jazz added Shelvin Mack from Atlanta at the trade deadline, and it's looking increasingly likely that Burke will see a reduced role over the final two months of the season. Snyder hinted Tuesday that he's planning to tighten his point guard rotation, though he stopped short of committing to any certain grouping. "I don't want to box myself in," Snyder said, "but philosophically it's hard to play three point guards. Raul [Neto] coming off the bench has given us a very steady defensive effort. As you know, that's always been a priority for me." Burke is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 assists per game on the season, but he's shooting just 41.6 percent from the field and isn't known for his defensive abilities. The former Michigan star could work his way back into the rotation down the stretch, but all signs point to him filling the No. 3 point guard spot. "Those two guys right now have provided us with the beginning of a rotation," Snyder said of Mack and Neto. "Trey's going to have his opportunities. When and where the come ... maybe [Wednesday]. We need everybody to be ready."
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