Trey Burke and Thunder appeared to be coming close on a deal to add the point guard to OKC, but Burke has decided against joining the club at this time, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. Burke will return to the free agent market and look for another opportunity.
The Michigan product was dealt to the Wizards last offseason and was expected to be the team’s answer at the backup one spot. However, he fell out of the rotation after the team inked Brandon Jennings and the organization opted against extending a qualifying offer to him at year’s end.
As Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors noted earlier today, Burke previously received interest from the Knicks. The timing of the deal suggests that the Carmelo Anthony trade had something to do with the point guard’s decision, though that is merely my speculation. Perhaps the lure of playing for the Knicks, a team that’s now void of superior offensive talent outside of Kristaps Porzingis, or the fact that another perimeter threat is heading to OKC caused Burke to reconsider his prior commitment.
Since being drafted with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Burke has averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists per game. He shot a career-high 44.3% from behind the arc last season, though it was on just 1.2 attempts per game.