According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Utah Jazz are finalizing a trade that would send Trey Burke to the Washington Wizards for a second round pick.
The Washington Wizards have been busy as they have been upgrading their team after losing out on Al Horford on Saturday. After addressing front court needs with the signings of Andrew Nicholson and Ian Mahinmi, they are reportedly close to acquiring guard Trey Burke from the Jazz for a second round pick.
Burke is a solid addition to the Wizards, who need a reliable backup for Bradley Beale and John Wall. Beale has had issues staying healthy, so the Wizards will most likely try to limit his minutes as much as possible while still keeping him on the court as much as they can. Burke became a bench player for the Jazz, falling from playing over 30 minutes per game in his first two seasons to playing 21.4 minutes per game last season. He should fill that role for the Wizards with the potential of more playing time.
In a bench role with the Jazz, Burke was quite efficient. He averaged 10.6 points per game during the 2015-16 season, a decrease from his 12.8 points per game during the 2014-15 season. However, he averaged a career high 17.9 points per 36 minutes in 2015-16. His PER was 14.0 in 2015-16. It’s a great trade for Burke, who goes to a team that should be able to give him more playing time, and a great trade for the Wizards, who get a legitimate bench option who can play point guard or shooting guard.