When the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Trey Burke No. 9 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, a lot of folks scratched their heads considering the team already has a stud point guard in Ricky Rubio. Then things got really hairy when it was originally reported the Wolves traded Burke to the Portland Trail Blazers. Finally, we got closure with a sigh of relief and a thought of “That’s much better,” when Burke was indeed traded to the Utah Jazz.
Since shipping Deron Williams to the Brooklyn Nets, Utah has been a cellar dweller team but with a playmaker like Burke, the Jazz could very well get back to at least mediocrity in the super-competitive Western Conference. Of course, the team now needs to focus on somehow bringing back Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap so that Burke won’t be the only star in Utah.
That will be easier said than done when the salary cap comes into play, but holding on to at least one of those two starters — particularly Jefferson — would be huge in Utah’s chances of making the playoffs in Burke’s first year. Obviously a trade or free agent signing of a different big man to complement Burke would be nice as well but again, that’s easier said than done.