By Kevin Condit, Sports Talk Philly Writer
The Philadelphia 76ers and guard Trey Burke have agreed to a one-year contract, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
The contract is for the veteran minimum, with Burke set to reportedly make up to $1.84 million in the upcoming season, according to The Inquirer's Keith Pompey.
Burke brings some shooting and much needed guard depth to the 76ers. Many were under the impression that Shake Milton would lock down some minutes at the backup guard spot after the team signed him to a four-year contract earlier in the offseason. However, he looked very "shakey" in Summer League, shooting poorly from outside and struggling to control the ball.
General manager Elton Brand also inked Raul Neto to a contract for the vet minimum earlier in the offseason, but he hasn't proven much at the NBA level and is often injured. He has played more than 41 games in a season just once in his four-year career.
Burke was drafted ninth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2013 after being a standout player at Michigan. However, he was traded to the Utah Jazz on draft night for the 14th and 21st overall picks. He averaged 12.1 points in just under 28 minutes per game in three seasons with Utah, where he started the majority of games through his first two seasons.
Since then, he has played for the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and now the 76ers. Burke has started 128 of a possible 361 games in his career. The former Wolverine is a career 34 percent 3-point shooter. Burke has averaged 10.9 points per game along with 3.6 assists thus far in his career.
Burke adds some ball handling and shooting to the 76ers roster. The former Wolverine is a career 34 percent 3-point shooter. He will be in a training camp battle for minutes, but the 6-foot-1 point guard has more experience than guys like Milton and Neto. If Burke can at least show some effort on the defensive end of the floor, he should be able to carve out a nice role in the team's rotation. At the very worst, he brings much-needed depth to get through the 82-game NBA season.
Now that they have added Burke, the 76ers' roster is full at 15 players. However, there might be some moves made during training camp that could result in a spot or two being freed up.