Storyline: Trey Burke Free Agency

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Trey Burke will reunite with University of Michigan teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. It is unclear, though, how Burke would fit into the Knicks’ rotation as Jack and Frank Ntilikina have taken the bulk of the minutes at point guard. The club has lost 10 of 13 and enters play Saturday three games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Sessions began the season as the starting point guard but fell out of the rotation after an 0-3 start, replaced by veteran Jarrett Jack. New York is only responsible for $300,478 of the remaining salary owed to Sessions with the NBA picking up the remaining $857,270, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Through Saturday, Sessions had earned $1,170,904 out of his $2,328,652 salary. His full $1.47M salary will stay on the Knicks’ salary cap. The club’s decision to waive Sessions was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hardaway Jr. envisioned a great partnership if point guard Trey Burke is called up from the G-League. Together at the University of Michigan, they made up one of the best backcourts in the NCAA. “It’d be great if he does get called up. We play off one another very, very well,” Hardaway Jr. said. “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.”

The New York Knicks and free agent guard Jarrett Jack have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, as first reported by Basketball Insiders. Jack, along with free agent guard Trey Burke, were among those who worked out for the Knicks over the past few days, league sources told Basketball Insiders. In the end, Jack claimed the 20th and final roster spot for the Knicks heading into training camp. Burke has worked out for several teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks are hosting a free agent mini-camp on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as they look to fill out their training camp roster and identify candidates to play for their G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, according to Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The mini-camp, which will give the club a chance to evaluate possible camp invitees, includes a handful of notable names among its 16 participants. Former lottery picks Trey Burke and Hasheem Thabeet are among the first-rounders who will be in attendance at the mini-camp, as Velazquez details. MarShon Brooks, Toney Douglas, Archie Goodwin, R.J. Hunter, John Jenkins, Perry Jones, and James Young are also set to get a look from the Bucks.

Now, Burke will enter restricted free agency and likely won’t return. Immediately following the Game 7 loss on Monday night, he reflected on his year with the Wizards and sounded like a man ready for a change. “I’m disappointed. I stopped playing. I felt like I could have helped this team out,” Burke said. “I’m sure a lot of people always say that and I’m sure everybody else believes that too. It’s not just me or my opinion. I’m disappointed in it, but it’s fuel to the fire this offseason. I’m looking forward to getting better and coming back stronger.
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