Utah Jazz notebook: Trey Burke struggles again in second summer league outing
ORLANDO, Fla. — Trey Burke is making progress when it comes to his shooting at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
In his debut Sunday, the Utah Jazz rookie missed 11 shots.
In his second game Tuesday, the No. 9 pick only missed 10 field goals.
Media didn't get a chance to chat with Utah's young point guard after the team's 85-71 loss to Houston, but Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe didn't seem fazed by Burke's second poor shooting performance — this time a 5-for-15 outing for 11 points.
"He's going to be a good player," Lowe said. "There's no need to worry about Trey Burke right now."
And for fans who might be a bit concerned after seeing him only dish out seven assists in two games while struggling with his shot?
"We're safe," he said.
Burke showed some nice signs, beginning with a 3-point swish on the Jazz's first possession.
His other offensive highlights included a sweet lob for a Jeremy Evans dunk on a pick-and-roll play, a smooth crossover-step-back-and-jumper sequence, and a nicely executed fast break.
After the first trey, Burke seemed to be uncomfortable in the offense early but got into a better groove as the game progressed. Utah's offense never really got things going as it shot 37.7 percent overall.
"It's the summer league, and he's feeling his way through that," Lowe said.
The coach gave Burke, the national college player of the year, a reminder about being a targeted player because of his status as a lottery pick.
"You have to come out and be the aggressor early. It's not college," he said. "The one thing is he's not going to get his head down. He understands that it's another game and we have to get ready for the next game."
Not much time to worry or work in between contests. Utah plays again Wednesday at 9 a.m. MDT.
TRADE UPDATE: The Jazz will receive a 2018 second-round pick from Denver, not Golden State, in the three-way deal that is sending former Utah shooting guard Randy Foye to the Nuggets.
That trade is expected to be made formal Wednesday when the NBA's moratorium ends.
The Jazz's other swap with Golden State will also be finalized. Utah will receive Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, unprotected first-round picks in 2014 and '17, two second-round picks from the Warriors, and an undisclosed amount of cash.
PERMISSION GRANTED: Brazilian point guard Raul Neto, the No. 46 pick of the 2013 draft, received clearance from FIBA to participate with the Jazz at summer league. He dressed for Tuesday's game — wearing No. 56 — but didn't get to play.
Neto, acquired in a draft-day trade with Atlanta, has been observing the Jazz since the team started its minicamp in central Florida on Wednesday. He is now eligible to fully participate through Friday's finale.
Despite this development, it remains most likely that Neto will return to his Spanish team, Lagun Aro GBC, this season before pursuing his NBA career with Utah.
GAME RECAP: Shooting guard Alec Burks also had a rough night shooting but managed to score a team-high 18 points in the Jazz's loss to Houston. The third-year veteran also went 5 for 15 from the field, but he hit 8 of 9 free throws. Fourth-year Jazzman Evans had a good game with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Michael Stockton, the son of John Stockton, scored seven points in eight minutes.
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