Timberwolves Reportedly Trade Trey Burke to Jazz for Two 1st-Round Picks

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

The Utah Jazz have reportedly made a move to fill their need for a star point guard with Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected Burke with the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, will ship the guard to Utah. 

Chad Ford of ESPN reports that the Jazz will send both of their first-round picks, Nos. 14 and 21, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Burke. 

The reported trade would give the Timberwolves three selections in the first round—Nos. 14, 21 and 26. With Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea on the roster, the Timberwolves already have three point guards.

The Jazz's starting point guards in 2012-13, Mo Williams and Randy Foye, are set to be free agents on July 1. Williams averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists per game, while Foye averaged just 10.8 points and two assists per contest.

Alec Burks is the only point guard guaranteed to be on the roster next season. The former No. 12 pick in the NBA draft played in 64 games last season, averaging 7.0 points and 1.4 assists.

Burke produced 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game last season and led Michigan to the NCAA tournament final, where it lost to the Louisville Cardinals. The dynamic 20-year-old earned the National Player of the Year Award as a sophomore. It was Michigan's first trip to the NCAA tournament championship game since 1993.


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