Ian Begley: Something to note on Trey Burke, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks: the Knicks will have his Early Bird Rights next summer, allowing them to go over the cap to re-sign him to a deal worth 105% greater than the average salary of 2018-19 for a max of four years. The average salary for 2016-17 was $7.8 million. This is a great cap factor for New York because Burke’s cap hold for the summer of 2019 is $1.6 million, per Marks.
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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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June 19, 2018 | 7:14 pm EDT Update
Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.
Chuck Miketinac: Manu Ginobili’s agent, Herb Rudoy, says his client still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to play a 17th season. Over the phone, Rudoy joked, “when Manu knows, then I’ll know.” Last year, Manu waited until mid July until he announced he was coming back.
Luka Doncic will fly to New York, USA, Wednesday (19/1) in order to attend the NBA Draft ceremony that will be held at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Thursday (20/6). The 19-year-old Slovenian player and potential No. 1 pick in the Draft will board the first plane he can take from Madrid once the team returns from Vitoria, where he and the “Blancos” won the ACB title after beating Baskonia in Game 4 of the Finals.
For better or for worse, Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter feed will no longer be several picks ahead of the NBA Draft broadcast this year. A source tells Awful Announcing that ESPN has instructed its reporters to refrain from revealing picks on social media before they’re announced at Thursday’s draft, breaking with how the network has operated in the past.
Molly Sullivan: After six years as the sideline reporter for the @Philadelphia 76ers, I have been informed that @NBCSPhilly is moving in a ‘new direction’ that does not include me… heartbreaking. I plan to write more. (Soon). Until then, thank you all for the memories.
June 19, 2018 | 6:42 pm EDT Update
According to several league sources the Bulls have inquired about moving up from the seventh spot in the draft to either the third or fourth spot, positions currently occupied by the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.
Team sources tell NBCSportsChicago.com there’s no truth to the speculation, nor would they entertain the notion of such efforts geared toward selecting Porter Jr., who only played three games this past season at Missouri, sandwiched between back surgery in mid-November.