Salt Lake City, UT - Trey Burke is highly thought of as the new franchise point guard for the Utah Jazz, but he will have a recovery to make before taking the court this season. Burke is out indefinitely due to a broken right index finger that he sustained in tonight’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Utah Jazz were able to acquire Trey Burke in a draft night trade, and fully expect him to become the star point guard that they’ve been looking for since trading Deron Williams away. There is no news on how long Burke will be out at this point, but he will be re-evaluated on Monday, and the team will update his status.
Burke is highly expected to be a favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award, and certainly packs a scoring punch. There are some areas that he’ll need to improve in, especially his passing ability, but throughout the preseason to this point he had looked very good. This injury is certainly disappointing for the Jazz, but it shouldn’t keep Burke out too terribly long.
Utah has thrown themselves head first into rebuilding mode, and they are going to ask a lot of Burke. He has put up decent numbers through two and a half preseason games, but this injury will certainly slow him down at least for the first part of the season. Hopefully Burke is able to recover quickly and as little time as possible.
The Utah Jazz and head coach Tyrone Corbin will have to turn to the backup guards in the meantime. John Lucas III, Justin Holiday, and Scott Machado will all receive extra minutes to help fill the void that Burke’s absence leaves. Both Holiday and Machado are on contracts that have not been guaranteed, so you can expect to see one if not both of them latch on for the beginning of the regular season.