Washington Wizards likely won’t reach a contract extension with Trey Burke, who they acquired from the Utah Jazz this past summer.
Washington hasn’t always been considered a second-chance city for NBA players, but after a few successful seasons and playoff appearances, the nation’s capital has become a place where players have turned their careers around.
This past summer, Burke was traded to the Washington Wizards for a future second round pick.
He was essentially given away by the Jazz.
Needing a backup point guard following the departure of Sessions to the Charlotte Hornets, Ernie Grunfeld believed that it was worth the small price to get Burke in D.C.
During media day, I asked Burke if he felt the pressure to perform well in Washington now that he’s in the final year of his contract. He told me that he didn’t.
On Sunday, it was reported that the Wizards have not discussed a contract extension with Burke, who will go on to become a restricted free agent – meaning, the Wizards will have the right to match any offer he gets in the summer of 2017.
Trey Burke, Washington Wizards have not had any dialogue on extension, league source told ESPN. Highly unlikely deal done before deadline.
Burke has done a solid job of keeping his dribble alive and creating looks from mid-range, which is something he struggled to do in Utah. His scoring ability hasn’t been questioned, so he needs to continue proving himself as a facilitator.