It’s official, the Trey Burke trade was completed during last night draft. As originally reported by ESPN, Trey Burke was traded to the Utah Jazz shortly after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 9th overall pick. The Timberwolves who already have a star point guard in Ricky Rubio, reportedly drafted Burke as part of a deal with the Jazz.
At the time, the trade could not be made official until the Jazz completed making their selections at #14 and #21. With those picks, the Jazz drafted Shabazz Muhammad a forward from UCLA and Gorgui Deing a center from Louisville. Shortly after the Jazz drafted Deing, the trade was made official sending Burke to Salt Lake City.
The Utah Jazz needed a point guard and estentially traded up to get him. Trey Burke was projected to go anywhere between pick 2 and pick 8 so slipping to nine was an opportunity the Jazz just could not pass on.
It was heavily rumored prior to the draft that Burke might become a Piston. That was not in the cards as Dumars drafted Kentavious Caldwell-Pope instead. Trey Burke figures to be the point guard of the future in Utah. Geez, I know another team that could use a point guard.