The New York Knicks have signed guard Trey Burke, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Back on Sept. 23, the 24-year-old was reportedly headed to the Oklahoma City Thunder, hours after the club acquired Carmelo Anthony from New York in exchange for Enes Kanter, Domantas Sabonis and a draft pick. However, Burke reneged on the deal and will join the Knicks with the regular season on the horizon.
Burke, once a mainstay with the Michigan Wolverines in college, appeared in a career-low 12.3 minutes per game over 57 contests with the Washington Wizards a season ago. With John Wall having the keys to the offense, Burke never earned a start and averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 assists per contest.
The No. 9 overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Burke was subsequently dealt to the Utah Jazz.
He earned immediate playing time as a rookie and played a somewhat significant role in the offense, getting 68 starts out of the 70 appearances during his first season. Burke went on to post back-to-back 12.8-point-per-game clips during both his rookie and sophomore seasons in the league.
His arrival to the Knicks organization will pair him with former college teammate Tim Hardaway Jr, although there’s a good chance Burke doesn’t make the final roster.
The Knicks finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 31-51 record, finishing in 12th place in the East and failing to grab a playoff berth for the fourth straight year.
The team will open up the 2017-18 regular season when the Knicks face the Thunder on Oct. 19, giving Melo a chance to face his old team right off the bat.