Jazz forward Joe Ingles has heartfelt message for newly-traded Alec Burks
Via Twitter, Ingles said:
One of the best teammates I’ve had, he had some bad luck & never stopped working to get back to who we all knew him for. Everyday was upbeat & positive. We will all miss you round here, wish you nothing but the best @AlecBurks10! #bigfax 🙌🏻🙌🏻
— Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) November 29, 2018
Burks, along with two future second-round picks, was traded by the Jazz for sharpshooting veteran Kyle Korver. Specifically, the two picks will be from the 2020 and 2021 draft. The 2021 pick will be via the Washington Wizards.
Alec Burks was the 12th overall pick by the Jazz in 2011. He’s been part of the team’s second unit throughout his career and has averaged 9.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 382 games. He’s on the last year of his contract worth $11.53 million. He will be reunited with former teammate Rodney Hood — who was involved in a midseason roster shakeup last year.
The trade signifies that the Cavaliers have entered rebuilding mode and are willing to absorb younger players. Korver, though he has never lost his luster from beyond the arc, will be a liability to that direction moving forward. He’s 37 years old and everyone knows that careers in sports don’t last very long. Sooner or later, Korver will be ineffective and will hang his sneakers up for good.
Be that as it may, it will be Korver’s second stint with the Jazz. It is in Utah where he shot an NBA record 53.6 percent from the 3-point arc. It would be hard to replicate now but the assumption is that Korver’s presence will generate more offense for the Jazz. Joe Ingles, too, will get some assistance from downtown.