Wizards Reportedly Trying to Trade Trey Burke for 2nd-Round Draft Pick

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2017

While the Washington Wizards are in the thick of the postseason race, they are reportedly willing to move Trey Burke in an effort to bolster their draft assets.

On Wednesday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported the Wizards are asking for a second-round pick in return for Burke in any potential trade.

It may seem strange on the surface to see the Eastern Conference's current No. 3 seed looking to swap a rotational player for future draft picks, but Burke is set to be a restricted free agent in 2017, per Spotrac. Moving him would at least ensure Washington receives something of value in return for the Michigan product.

Burke spent the first three seasons of his career with the Utah Jazz and has been something of a mixed bag for the Wizards.

On the one hand, he is posting career-high marks in field-goal percentage (44.9) and three-point percentage (41.7), but that efficiency has netted just five points a night. He posted double-digit scoring totals in each of those three campaigns with Utah after the Jazz used the No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft on him.

Burke is also playing just 12.6 minutes per game in Washington thanks to the presence of All-Star John Wall, so a change of scenery could open up more individual opportunity.

Burke hasn't been able to elevate Washington's bench, which could be a serious problem during the physically grueling postseason that tests depth. According to NBA.com, the Wizards' bench is a mere 25th in the league in offensive rating and 24th in defensive rating.

The fact opponents are shooting 3.2 percent better than their normal averages from the field and 11.4 percent better inside six feet when Burke defends them, per NBA.com, hasn't helped Washington's second unit when Wall and Co. are resting.

There have been some issues with Burke this season, but he is just 24 years old, was a top-10 pick in 2013 and averaged 12.8 points per game in his first two seasons. Washington is hoping that is enough to land a second-round pick in a potential deal.

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