Knicks Rumor: Pros and cons of calling up Trey Burke from NBA G League

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – NOVEMBER 4: Trey Burke #23 of the Westchester Knicks goes to the basket against Jon Octeus #4 of the Windy City Bulls during the first half of an NBA G-League game on November 4, 2017 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via Getty Images)

The New York Knicks are reportedly considering calling up Trey Burke from the NBA G-League. How would New York benefit from doing so?


The New York Knicks have hit something of a wall during the 2017-18 NBA regular season. After briefly thriving without Tim Hardaway Jr., reality has sunk in and the $71 million man’s value to the team has been revealed.

As the front office searches for ways to improve, an unsurprising name has surfaced as a potential option to fill a void: Trey Burke.

Burke was selected at No. 9 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. After four erratic seasons with the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards, however, Burke signed with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League in an attempt to resurrect his career.

According to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, Burke may be called up to the main roster if New York decides to clear a roster spot.

The Knicks’ offense is floundering and there’s a desire from some in the organization to call up their G-League star Trey Burke, a source told the Daily News. However, there’s also a big obstacle to such a move — the team would need to create a roster spot.

It’s plausible that the Knicks could cut a player to make space for Burke, but Bondy reports that the organization would prefer to execute a trade.

Regardless of how it’s done, calling Burke up from the NBA G League would be a significant move. He’s in the midst of an explosive season in Westchester, and could be the player who helps Jeff Hornacek fix a sputtering offense.

The question is: What would the pros and cons be of the New York Knicks calling up Trey Burke from the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League?

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