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Report: Sixers waiving Trey Burke to help complete Warriors trade

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The Philadelphia 76ers will waive backup point guard Trey Burke, with the Sixers completing their trade with the Golden State Warriors, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Burke, 27, was signed as a free agent in the past offseason after splitting time in 2018-19 between the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks. Burke inked a veteran’s minimum deal in the summer of 2019 to backup Ben Simmons for the Sixers, but the former ninth-overall pick from the 2013 NBA Draft will lose his spot on the Sixers’ roster following Philly’s trade deadline.

The Sixers traded three future second-round picks for the Warriors’ wings Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. Philly also traded small forward James Ennis to the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline in exchange for a second-rounder.

Burke could have a market shape up for the new free agent, possibly the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been searching for backcourt help, especially after failing to make impact moves at the deadline.

The Lakers are reportedly working out one-time NBA champion J.R. Smith, who won a title with current L.A. star forward LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers are also trying to get retired 10-year veteran point guard Darren Collison to come out of hiatus to play for them.

Burke, a Michigan standout, spent his first three seasons in the league with the Utah Jazz before cratering with the Washington Wizards and signing a G League contract with the Knicks.

Burke later returned to the league with New York before being included in the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Mavericks and signing with Philly last summer.