Knicks’ Trey Burke not thinking about potential trade with deadline approaching
Trey Burke of the New York Knicks is one of the main candidates to be moved by the trade deadline, with less than a month left before it hits on Feb. 7, only a few days before the All-Star break.
Burke’s minutes haven’t looked the same since a magical surge in the back half of last season, yet he’s still averaging 11.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in only 19.6 minutes per game. The Michigan standout has been plugged in and out of the lineup while shooting only 40.2 percent from the field, and while he could possibly be packaged in a trade, he’s paid that no mind as the Knicks reach the midway point of the season.
“You always want to go to the playoffs,’’ Burke told Marc Berman of The New York Post. “It’s something I look at as fool’s gold. It’s an illusion. You can always put yourself in a playoff-team situation. What would it be like if I was with the Lakers? Or with Golden State? You can always do that as a player. It’s not reality until it happens. I try to stay away from it. I know the trade deadline is coming up. It’s a big year for me. If I look at those situations, I lose focus on what’s ahead of me.”
Trey Burke is making only $1.8 million in the last year of his contract and could be shoehorned along with Enes Kanter after the Knicks are reportedly exploring a trade with the Sacramento Kings for Zach Randolph.
Making the most of his time with the Knicks is likely the best way to go about it, as distractions often end up in poor performances, which would only hinder his value as a player.