The Knicks are either in complete free fall or they're tanking for Zion, depending on how you look at it. After freezing Enes Kanter, arguably their best healthy player, out of their starting lineup, David Fizdale has decided that point guard Trey Burke isn't in the long-term plans for the franchise either, after they resurrected him this past year.
The former Michigan star and lottery selection has rehabilitated his career in New York, but that hasn't stopped the Knicks
Picked ninth overall in the 2013 draft by Minnesota and immediately traded to the Utah Jazz, Burke averaged 12.8 points per game his first two years. His career was nearly derailed following a trade to Washington that saw him glued to the bench, as his scoring dipped to 5.0 points per game.
The Knicks gave him a second chance and he has responded by putting up a solid 11.6 points per game in 2018.
You pluck this dude from almost being out of the #NBA. Build him back up, to the point he’s very effective scoring PG. Trey Burke is an asset.— ace 85 Sports (@ace_1985) January 27, 2019
Now you want to trade him for a 2nd round pick? Ugh
But Mudiay is a keeper? Ugh!#Knicks #NYK
With Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina also being shopped, it's clear that Fizdale doesn't believe his franchise point guard is on the roster right now. With Murray State's Ja Morant and Vanderbilt's Darius Garland available in the draft, it makes sense to get some return for what they believe is a non-essential piece.