Trey Burke may have improved in the shooting department, however, seeing less quality time on the court could spell the difference as NBA rumors have swirled that the 23-year old point guard is thinking of free agency. Burke is weighing his options on whether to stay with the team or seeking other squads where his talent is worth it.
ESPN reported that Burke will most likely be coming off the bench and will never get to see a starting job at the point. He has come off the bench for the Jazz’s last 64 games and it will surely be the scenario for next season. To make matters the worst team had coach Quin Snyder might be looking at Burke far back in the rotation as the mentor has always pitched in rookie Raul Neto and Shelvin Mack, not to mention the return to the active roster of Dante Exum.
Burke told Salt Lake Tribune that Snyder has always been straight up with him and since most of the time he finds it difficult to understand his decision, he just continues to remain professional and continues to work his way to improve his skills and get the needed attention.
“I just think not playing me was a decision that coach made. One thing about coach (Quin) Snyder is he’s always been straight up with me. He always told me why even if I didn’t really understand it. I just had to stay professional and mature. I know everything is temporary and that my time will eventually come again. I just have to handle the things that I can control,” Burke said.
Burke signed a four-year maximum rookie contract with the Jazz worth $11,032,158 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $2,758,040. This year Burke will earn a base salary and cap hit of $2,658,240 while his dead money value is $6,044,838. If Burke opts for free agency, the Jazz will still have the option to exercise its end as stated in his contract.
However, Burke and the Jazz could work out a settlement once they find a team that is willing to take him in together with the team’s conditions.
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