Utah Jazz trade 14th and 21st picks for Michigan point guard Trey Burke in blockbuster move
SALT LAKE CITY — A humorous and honest mistake by the Utah Jazz's new point guard late Thursday night ended up offering a little bit of insight into Trey Burke's personality.
Hours after the Jazz traded the 14th and 21st picks to Minnesota for the highly touted playmaker, the NCAA's national player of the year rattled off a list of Utah players he's looking forward to playing with in the future during a phone interview with media from Brooklyn.
Derrick Favors. Alec Burks. Kyle Korver.
Minutes later, Burke tweeted out a correction. He wasn't giving away a free-agency tidbit. He meant to say Gordon Hayward, not Korver.
"Sorry guys," Burke wrote. "I'm only human."
Burke's willingness to improve is hardly the only thing that enticed Jazz management into trading up to grab him after he slipped to Minnesota at No. 9.
General manager Dennis Lindsey — who also sent the Jazz's No. 46 pick and a "significant amount" of cash to Denver in exchange for their 27th pick, Gobert — gave a list of reasons why the Jazz wanted to be "aggressive" in moving up to get a potential starting point guard.
"We feel really fortunate tonight," Lindsey said.
After all, they grabbed an athletic playmaker whom he said is good in pick-and-roll situations, can shoot, plays with an "edge" and has a "want to lead and be an NBA point guard and a significant one." Coming into Thursday's draft, that's something the Jazz didn't have on their roster. Lindsey credited Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin for pushing Jazz management toward making the decision to trade for Burke and explaining "why Trey fit with the program."
Corbin responded: "It was their wisdom (Lindsey and executive vice president of player personnel Kevin O'Connor) to be in that position to be able to get a guy like Trey Burke."
In an even later move Thursday night, the Jazz picked up yet another point guard. Utah acquired the 6-1 Neto, whom Lindsey called a "pure point," from Atlanta in exchange for the Nets' 2015 second-round pick, which the Jazz previously obtained in the Mehmet Okur trade. Neto was drafted 47th overall by the Hawks.
After dealing with the initial surprise of being picked by a team that has Ricky Rubio, Burke got excited about the prospect of playing in Utah (regardless of Korver's situation).
"God don't make mistakes," Burke said. "I feel like this is the place I need to be at to start my career. It's been a great day for me."
Burke knows the Jazz have a wide-open situation at point guard, seeing as Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley will all become unrestricted free agents as of July 1.
"I just look forward to going into Utah," said Burke, who admitted he's never been to the Beehive State in his 20 years. "My goal is to come in and start right away. I look forward to coming in and helping the team win."
Whether or not Burke will be the starter to begin the 2013-14 season remains up in the air, Corbin said. The Jazz need to obtain one more point guard — probably a veteran — in the upcoming free-agency period. Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley all hit the market on July 1.
"We'll see," Corbin said when asked about Burke's chances of being the starter. "All the guys know you have to earn minutes on this roster."
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