WASHINGTON — After staying mostly quiet for much of the first two days of free agency, the Wizards have completed their third move in less than 20 hours.
Washington traded a 2021 second-round pick to the Utah Jazz for point guard Trey Burke Sunday morning, according to several reports.
Burke, the 2012-13 college player of the year (AP, Wooden Award, Naismith Award), was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He had a respectable rookie season, putting up 12.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, but he shot just .380 from the field. He did shoot .340 from beyond the arc, but he struggled on layups and midrange jumpers.
Those struggles increased in his second season as his field-goal percentage dropped to an abysmal .368 while he fought to keep his starting job. He started 68 of 70 games as a rookie but just 43 of 76 in his second year. His 3-point shooting, assists and rebounds all dropped in his second year, and his minutes dropped from 32.3 per game to 30.1.
He appeared to find his role in 2015-16 as he moved to the bench for good, coming off the bench in all 64 games he played. His field-goal percentage rose to .413 for the season and he shot a career-best .344 from 3-point range. In addition, his points per 36 minutes shot up to 17.9, well above his 2014-15 high of 15.3.
Burke will back up star point guard John Wall in Washington, a role that will be clearly defined from the start. That situation bodes well for Burke, who could just need a fresh start.
The Wizards are now up to nine players on their roster. The presumptive starting five is: Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat. Burke is the only reserve guard, Kelly Oubre is the only reserve wing, and new acquisitions Andrew Nicholson and Ian Mahinmi are the expected backup power forward and center, respectively.
In a likely related move, Czech prospect Tomas Satoransky is reportedly not interested in coming to the Wizards this season.
Satoransky, the much-hyped point guard prospect currently playing for Barcelona, has been reported as having little interest in being the third-string point guard on a roster. His move to America was in question already, and with the addition of another point guard, Washington essentially punted on Satoransky for this season.
Satoransky has apparently reversed course and will join the Wizards this year on a three-year, $9 million deal.