GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks signed former lottery pick Trey Burke on Wednesday, the team announced.
Burke, the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, averaged five points and 1.8 assists in 12 minutes per game last season with the Washington Wizards.
Burke was originally drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves but traded on draft night to the Utah Jazz. Burke finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting in 2013-14 but fell out of the starting lineup in 2015-16 and was traded to the Wizards in the 2016 offseason.
Burke, the 2012-13 Associated Press NCAA Player of the Year, faces long odds to make the Knicks’ regular-season roster.
The club has 15 players signed to guaranteed contracts.
Guards Jarrett Jack and Burke are not signed to fully guaranteed deals, so New York would have to waive a player on a guaranteed contract to keep either Jack or Burke on the regular-season roster, though New York will have an open roster spot for the first 12 games of the season while Joakim Noah serves the remainder of his suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.
If the Knicks choose to waive Burke, the club will still have his G League rights.
Burke now reunites with former Michigan teammate Tim Hardaway Jr.