Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. would love to reconnect with his college teammate, Trey Burke, on the court if he were to get the call-up.
Burke, who was the G League Player of the Month in December with the Westchester Knicks, was reportedly held out of the G-League showcase that begins Tuesday because the Knicks could be bringing him up. Burke would be available to any team as a free agent at the showcase.
If Burke eventually makes his way to the Knicks, Hardaway knows that it wouldn't take long for the two to mesh on the court just as they did at Michigan during their college days.
"It'd be great if he does get called up. We play off one another very, very well," Hardaway told NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "I would definitely be happy with him. It would be like the old times; just him bringing the ball up the court and me running the wing, just doing our thing. It won't take that long for us to mesh. That's a positive."
It has been reported that some in the Knicks' front office want Burke to be up on the NBA roster. However, the Knicks carry three point guards at the moment -- starter Jarrett Jack, rookie Frank Ntilikina, and veteran Ramon Sessions. Sessions has barely seen the floor after Jack took the starting role, which would make him the odd man out if they want to create a roster spot for Burke. Instead of just cutting Sessions, they would like to trade him, especially considering he has a guranteed contract.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek says he is unaware of rumblings that Burke could join the team soon. But he is positive there isn't any room for him right now, and that would be up to GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills to figure out.
"I don't think there's a roster spot," Hornacek said. "We have 15 guys now so that's on (Perry and Mills) but the team we have now are the guys I'm focused on."
Burke last saw time in the NBA with the Wizards last season, where he averaged five points and 1.8 assists over 57 games. However, he is dominating in the G League with 26.6 points, 5.3 assists, and two steals in 37 minutes played per game. He is also shooting 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc.