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The New York Knicks will waive point guard Ramon Sessions on Saturday to make room to sign G League guard and former lottery pick Trey Burke, league sources say. Burke, the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, averaged 26.6 points per game on 49 percent shooting this season for the Westchester Knicks, New York’s G League team.
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.
Burke needed to take his craft more seriously and approach it with more maturity. He was not ready to be a professional. And Burke’s self-criticism continued: “That Trey Burke — there was a lot of distractions going on with that Trey Burke. That Trey Burke was 19 years old. This Trey Burke now, I’m married, I’m in the house, I’m not worried about things that a lot of players worry about.”
“A lot of people don’t know that I chose this route,” Burke said. “I had some opportunities presented to me before the season and, bottom line, I didn’t want to take a two-way deal. I wanted to come down here and recreate my brand on and off the court, show teams what I really can do if I have the opportunity to run a team.”
Ian Begley: Another indication that Trey Burke’s signing with the Knicks is imminent: he is not with the Westchester Knicks for the G League showcase in Canada this week. He’s on the roster but the team says he’s out with hip soreness and is not with them at the moment.
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.”
Burke can sign with any team at the moment, but sources with knowledge of the situation say Burke would prefer strongly to sign with New York, even if other teams express interest.
Shams Charania: Sources: The New York Knicks and Trey Burke of G League Westchester are in serious talks on a deal, with the guard expected to be held out of the showcase and an agreement as soon as the weekend.
Ian Begley: Update: Trey Burke doesn’t seem like a strong candidate to make the Knicks’ regular season roster. Knicks will now have his D League rights.
Shams Charania: Update: Trey Burke has changed course on deal with OKC and will remain a free agent, league sources say.
Free-agent guard Trey Burke is finalizing a non-guaranteed deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told The Vertical. Burke, 24, is expected to compete with Semaj Christon in training camp for the Thunder’s third point guard spot. Burke spent last season with the Washington Wizards, averaging five points and 1.8 assists in 57 games.
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 Timberwolves auditioned a smattering of free agents Wednesday morning in a workout that included many of their signed players now that training camp is little more than two weeks away. The list included players such as power forwards Thomas Robinson and Perry Jones, shooter Anthony Morrow, point guards Trey Burke and Isaiah Canaan as well as Minnesotans Alan Anderson and Matt Janning.
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.
Chase Hughes: Former Wizards point guard Trey Burke has drawn interest from multiple teams on a 1-year deal including the Orlando Magic, CSN has learned.
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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February 21, 2018 | 9:00 am EST Update
Polk said it’s a “concern” Walker will likely have to reach unrestricted free-agency before he could be re-signed, but that’s a function of the rules. “We love Kemba Walker,” Polk said. “We would like nothing more than for Kemba to end his career here.”
It took years to fully recover from the injury and he wasn’t cleared to play again until May 2017. The rehabilitation process tested him both mentally and physically, but he found a way to reach his goal. “It was essentially a four-year process,” Okafor said. “I just took my time making sure, not only the initial injury (was healed), but to recondition and rehab everything. … (I) figured while I’m waiting for my disc to heal, I can take the time to heal other things. When I come back, (I can) feel nice and bouncy and rejuvenated.”
Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday’s practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break. Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday’s late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center in time to put up some jump shots after most of the other players left the practice court. “They just had to make sure he was OK,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “He wasn’t able to practice today, but he says he feels better. He’s just stiff. So, we’ll just see tomorrow how he feels and where he is at.”
Asked if he anticipates Steve Clifford, who has a season remaining on his contract, being the coach here next season, Polk responded, “I would today.” Like each of Clifford’s previous four seasons, he and his staff will be evaluated in the spring. “Once we get a new general manager on board, we’ll talk about the coaching staff,” Polk said. “Steve has brought a lot of strong organization” to the franchise, Polk said, adding Clifford’s health crisis (a six-week leave to address severe headaches) concerned everyone in management.
February 21, 2018 | 5:07 am EST Update
“He’s not [coming back to Miami]. But the fact when ESPN polled 48 players about what they thought might happen with LeBron that they even mentioned the Heat shows that, at worst, the Heat remain relevant in players’ consciousness,” Winderman wrote. “Basically, the NBA players polled still consider the Heat a desirable landing spot. And that is a good thing. But I cannot fathom, as you pointed out, the Heat having enough on their roster to attract such a level of free agent. There was a time when I thought Hassan Whiteside could have been such a lure, but with his role minimized, I don’t see that as the case anymore.”