Trey Burke out 8-12 Weeks After Surgery on Fractured Index Finger
The rebuilding Utah Jazz suffered a major blow this weekend when starting rookie point guard Trey Burke broke his finger in a preseason matchup against Los Angeles Clippers. On Monday, the team announced via Twitter that Burke is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday:
Trey Burke will have surgery on his fractured right index finger tomorrow.— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 14, 2013
According to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, Burke is expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season, which the Jazz kick off on Oct. 30:
Trey Burke needs pins in his fractured index finger. He will be out 8-12 weeks after surgery, per his agent.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) October 14, 2013
The injury occurred in the first quarter of Saturday's exhibition matchup in Salt Lake City, when Burke appeared to hurt his finger while hitting an opponent as he made a bounce pass. Burke immediately grabbed his right hand and was taken off the court with a trainer:
Last year, Burke burst into the nationwide spotlight with a stellar sophomore season at Michigan, scoring 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game en route to being named consensus National Player of the Year. The Jazz made a draft-day trade for Burke, the No. 9 overall selection, in the 2013 draft with the expectations that he'd take over as the team's starting point guard.
But with him on the mend and unheralded backups occupying the bench, the Jazz have already been mentioned in trade rumors. Marc Stein of ESPN.com suggested the team could be looking at Chicago's second-year point guard Marquis Teague:
Hearing: Utah has previously shown trade interest in Bulls' Marquis Teague and could well revisit interest depending on Trey Burke timetable— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 13, 2013
Matt Moore of CBS Sports also speculated that Jazz big man Jeremy Evans could be a good fit for the Bulls.
Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune relayed comments from Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, who didn't dismiss the idea of trying to trade for another point guard:
What do Jazz do at PG? Corbin: "We’ve got scouts. We’ll see what’s available. We’ve got some guys here. … We’ll see what gives us a chance."— Aaron Falk (@tribjazz) October 13, 2013
For any basketball fan, it's too bad when a player as talented as Burke goes down with an injury. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk even picked Burke to win Rookie of the Year.
For Jazz fans, it also means they have to wait to see the player who is supposed to fill the major void at point guard that's been empty since Deron Williams left for the Nets.
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