Trey Burke Backs Out Of Deal With OKC

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.

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5 thoughts on “Trey Burke Backs Out Of Deal With OKC

  1. I’m not sure Burke would have made the team. Possibly could have been a 3rd pg at best.

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    • That’s probably what he was thinking so he backed out. Might get a chance with the Knicks?

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  2. SilvioDante

    I bet the Bulls would be willing to help OKC out in their pursuit of a point guard by dealing Camron Payne back to them so Russ can have his dance partner again! C’mon Gar, pick up the phone!

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