The Knicks have announced they signed PG Trey Burke. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
According to The Post's Marc Berman, Burke is being signed for the Knicks' G League team. The Team is also interested in Suns G John Jenkins.
Burke has played with the Jazz and Wizards over his four year career. He has averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists over than span.
The Michigan product was the ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft to Minnesota before being traded to the Jazz. He was selected to to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season after scoring 12.8 points per game along with 5.7 assists.
However, after starting all but two games his rookie year, Burke saw less starts going forward. In his sophomore season, Burke started 43 of 76 games while not seeing a start in the 2015-2016 season as well as his first season with the Wizards last year.
Last season with the Wizards, Burke averaged five points, 1.8 assists, and shot 45.5 percent from the field in 12.3 minutes per game.
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The Knicks backcourt is now more crowded than the Jersey Turnpike on a Sunday following a Giants home game.
With the addition of Trey Burke, the Knicks have to waive or trade a guaranteed contract to open up a roster spot. Ron Baker, Ramon Sessions, and Frank Ntilikina are guaranteed spots on the roster. The question will be if Burke or Jarrett Jack makes the roster. It may be difficult for both to make it, but it will depend on injuries. If Ntilikina misses time, both could make the roster.
It appears, though, that Burke will start the season in the G League.
If he makes the Knicks' roster, Burke would rejoin his former teammate at Michigan, Tim Hardaway Jr. Maybe the Knicks are hoping for some more magic between the two in the backcourt, if they are even on the floor at the same time. It's odd to have made this signing this late in preseason with a week until the regular season, but the Knicks want to have insurance options. With the way guys have had to sit out during preseason, it's not the worst idea.
Burke didn't really light up the scoreboard in Utah, and definitely not with the Wizards. He only had four games last season where he scored in double figures. His shooting percentages when he played more time with the Jazz also weren't very impressive, shooting around 38% from the field and 33% from downtown.
The question will be if he can play defense. The theme amongst the Knicks has been if anyone wants to play good defense. Burke will essentially have one audition Friday against the Wizards, but it seems almost 100% that he'll be in the G League until one of the Knicks guards goes down with an injury. Although Jack hasn't blown people away in preseason, the Knicks will likely go with the veteran over Burke to open the season.