Burks joined the team in 2011 and has played exclusively with the Utah team since then averaging a career 9.6 points per game, but he’s also had an unlucky series of injuries that hindered his natural speed and athleticism.
He’s been having something of a comeback year in the 2018-2019 season, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to get the minutes needed to showcase and refine his talents.
Burks’s Jazz Teammates Sent Him off With Love and Respect
You can’t quite see it in the numbers, but Burks provided a huge spark off the bench for the Jazz and was often able to pull the team out of slumps with his vivacity and speed. Though the team is excited about the return of Kyle Korver (who played in Utah from 2007-2010), they’re sad to see Burks go.
A few Jazz players took to Twitter to send Burks off:
The Trade Came Suddenly, and Shocked Some Players
Rookie Jazz guard Grayson Allen was a bit shocked by his first experience with a trade of this nature. According to Jazz reporter Eric Woodyard, Burks broke the news to Allen just before tipoff. The rookie seemed to accept it, though. “I think everybody was a little bit surprised. It’s just the timing of it but that’s how it goes,” was the response Woodyard relayed from Allen.
In spite of whatever shock the trade may have been, Woodyard also reported that Burks is happy with the move:
“A Deseret News source confirmed that Alec Burks is happy to be in a place with more consistent minutes for him. Burks is in good spirits and ready to turn the page because the rotation wasn’t working in his favor with 15.8 minutes per game. He is currently headed to Cleveland.”
The Jazz secured a big win against the Brooklyn Nets tonight, 101-91.
I say “big” because every win is crucial for the Utah team. They’re unexpectedly in the bottom-five teams in the Western Conference and have been struggling to get anything going after a more-than-promising preseason. They join the Rockets as some of the most disappointing teams in the West so far this season and will be looking to Kyle Korver to give them a boost.