REPORT: Alec Burks agrees to deal with Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly signing shooting guard Alec Burks, according to Royce Young of ESPN.
Burks played for three teams this past season: the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings. The Thunder are in need of an offensive punch off the bench, and Burks fits the bill with his 3-point shooting and scoring.
The Thunder are signing guard Alec Burks, according to a league source. A 6-foot-6 ball-handling guard with a career 35.5 percentage from 3 that will help boost their second unit rotation.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 1, 2019
Burks has career averages of 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 429 NBA games. The 27-year-old shoots 42.3 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Burks plays above the rim, too. He had a few monster dunks earlier in his career with the Jazz. Burks, though, is prone to injuries. He has never played more than 78 games in a season and that came only once in his third year in the league with Utah.
The Thunder lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2019 playoffs in five games. Stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook both underwent surgeries after the season ended.
George underwent surgery to his right rotator cuff and left labrum, while Westbrook had surgery on his left hand to repair a torn ligament in a finger and also had a minor procedure on his surgically repaired right knee. OKC expects both All-Stars to be fine for the 2019-20 season.