Trey Burke, Washington Wizards
Trey Burke has had a much-maligned career since the Utah Jazz took him in the same draft as Victor Oladipo. He has never quite come down from the high of his rookie year. It has been a long slog downward for him to the point it does not seem the Washington Wizards will even give him the qualifying offer for his restricted free agency.
Burke has always been a spotty playmaker and shooter, two things that are a must in the NBA. His defense even was not quite what it was advertised coming out from Michigan.
It is safe to say Burke has been a disappointment considering what he provided coming out of college. Teams looking to sign him this summer will likely be looking for him to come in on an extraordinarily cheap one-year contract and do very simple things.
Burke is the kind of risk you take similar to the Magic’s Jeff Green — just much cheaper. He is a talented young player who needs the right role to succeed. But, in all likelihood, he kind of is what he is. A streaky shooter, an inconsistent defender and just a bit of a let down overall.
No team should rely on him as more than a backup. In the Magic’s situation with D.J. Augustin present, Orlando might be able to ride those ups and downs. When Burke is playing well, they could roll him out as the backup point guard. When he is not, they have Augustin in the wings.
Considering the Magic’s lack of cap room this summer, Burke could be a relatively cheap, short-term contract offer to pursue. Just do not expect the world from him.