The New York Knicks are reportedly contemplating calling up Trey Burke from their G-League affiliate, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
Burke, formerly of the Utah jazz and Washington Wizards, was named G League Performer of the Month for December.
The G-League Showcase is set for Jan. 10 in Toronto, where Burke will certainly be scouted heavily. He is free to be called up by any NBA team.
In order to call up Burke, the Knicks would need to create a roster spot by cutting or trading a player.
“New York’s current starting point guard, Jarrett Jack, is the only Knick on a non-guaranteed deal,” the Daily News reported. “His contract will become guaranteed if he’s not cut by Jan. 7 because it takes a full 48 hours to clear waivers (the guarantee date is technically Jan. 10).”
In other news:
1. The San Antonio Spurs were one of the team’s on Kyrie Irving’s wish-list when he requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer — and the Spurs took note. According to ESPN, the Spurs tried “really, really hard” to make a deal. Unfortunately for the Spurs, Irving was dealt to the Boston Celtics. But by all accounts, the Spurs continue to keep their eyes open for veteran help before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
2. Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard C.J. Williams is coming off a career-high 18 points and it’s nearing decision time for his parent club. That’s because Williams is on a two-way contract, and his 45-day limit with the Spurs is nearing an end. When that happens, the Clippers will either need to sign Williams or send him to the G League for the rest of the season. “It’s hard not to think about it,” Williams told the LA Times. “But once the game comes, I’m focused on the game, focused on what I’m doing.”
3. Oklahoma freshman scoring sensation Trae Young has drawn comparisons to several NBA guards, including Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry. And Curry has noticed the “unbelievable” Young. “It seems like he’s always composed and knows what he’s trying to do every time he has the ball in his hands,” Curry told reporters. “He shoots a lot of deep 3s and has a creativity to his game that’s just so fluid to watch.”