Alec Burks is happy to finally be healthy, but faces an uncertain future with the Utah Jazz

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  • Jeremiah Flanksteak Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2018 10:31 a.m.

    Burks gets props for stepping in when Rubio went down in Game 6 vs. OKC, and Snyder is right when he said Jazz don't win that game without his contributions. That said, he's gone after next year unless someone is willing to take him in the off season in a package deal. O'Neale is a beast defensively and a surprisingly good all-around player, and he's super cheap next two years. Still, he's going to be known for being drafted three slots ahead of Kawhi Leonard and ahead of the Morris twins.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    May 15, 2018 7:41 a.m.

    Sounds like Alec is finally healthy enough to be able to put in some hard work this summer to improve his game to a higher level, offensively and defensively. He seem to have the tools and skills, so I hope that he uses this last year of contract, to really solidify his position as a back-up starter for Ricky Rubio. The NBA schedule is grueling. Some guys can get conditioned for it, but alot of guys never do. I for one, hope that Alec has finally gotten his conditioning right so that he'll last a good long time for the Jazz.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    May 15, 2018 6:32 a.m.

    Jazz brass have a plan and dose not really matter what the fans think. Look what Lindsey did last year. I think I will put that trust in him. Will be interesting to see the September rooster.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    May 14, 2018 7:46 p.m.

    Both Burks and Exum have been injury liabilities for far too long. Burks was a high draft pick that doesn't seem to want to improve his game to include defense. Exum may have potential, because of his defensive play, but he is injury prone with season long, or near season long injuries. Slo Moe Joe Ingles, on the other hand, stays healthy, steady, and position ready on both defense and offense (as an example). So unless Burks is willing to work on his defensive skills, and Exum finds a way to stay healthy, perhaps they should both be considered trade material, while they still have some value.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    May 14, 2018 6:35 p.m.

    If he works to improve his defense, there's no reason he can't have a future with the Jazz. Snyder has said often that the way to get minutes for any player is to be a good defender. Alec's offense in the playoffs was the best I ever saw from him. He's a slasher like Exum, but finishes better. With the two of them coming off the bench together, the Jazz time at the foul line should increase significantly.