After briefly joining the Knicks in the fall, veteran guard Trey Burke was waived and landed with New York’s G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks. Now, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, some members of the Knicks’ organization want to bring Burke back to the NBA roster.
Burke, the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, has excelled in the G League so far this season, averaging an impressive 27.3 PPG to go along with 5.4 APG, 3.3 RPG, and 2.0 SPG. The 25-year-old has also posted a very respectable shooting line of .493/.421/.828.
With the Knicks’ offense struggling a little as of late, there’s some desire in the front office to re-add Burke to the mix, reports Bondy. However, the Knicks would need to clear a spot on their 15-man roster in order to sign the former Michigan star. Jarrett Jack‘s salary remains non-guaranteed and veteran point guard Ramon Sessions could be expendable, but the club may prefer to trade a player to open up a roster spot, Bondy notes.
Since Burke is on a G League contract and not a two-way deal, any NBA team could sign him outright from Westchester, so the Knicks might have to act fast if they want to keep him in the organization. Teams figure to start calling up G League players more frequently this month, with 10-day contracts becoming an option as of Friday and the annual G League Showcase taking place in Mississauga, Ontario next week.