When Tim Hardaway Jr. returns from his stress injury, he may have a new and familiar teammate.
Hardaway Jr. envisioned a great partnership if point guard Trey Burke is called up from the G-League. Together at the University of Michigan, they made up one of the best backcourts in the NCAA.
“It’d be great if he does get called up. We play off one another very, very well,” Hardaway Jr. said. “I would definitely be happy with him. It would be like the old times; just him bringing the ball up the court and me running the wing, just doing our thing. It won’t take that long for us to mesh. That’s a positive.”
As the Daily News reported, some in the Knicks organization want to give Burke a contract. However, the team needs to create a roster spot and the preference is to do that via trade rather than cut Ramon Sessions and his guaranteed deal.
Trey Burke (r.) and Tim Hardaway Jr. when they played for Michigan in 2013.
Burke is the reigning G-League Player of the Month for the Westchester Knicks. According to Yahoo!, Burke’s camp is so confident in a deal with the Knicks that he’s being held out of the G-League showcase that starts Tuesday in Toronto. It’s the G-League’s premier scouting event and Burke is available to any team as a free agent.
Jeff Hornacek said he’s unaware of any roster moves, deferring to GM Scott Perry and president Steve Mills.
“I don’t think there’s a roster spot,” Hornacek said. “We have 15 guys now so that’s on (Perry and Mills) but the team we have now are the guys I’m focused on.”