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Update: Trey Burke backs out of non-guaranteed deal with Oklahoma City Thunder

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The backup point guard has opted to remain in free-agency

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UPDATE: According to Shams Chariana, Trey Burke has opted to remain a free-agent, which effectively voids his proposed non-guaranteed contract with Oklahoma City.


In a protracted domino effect which began with the June acquisition of Paul George, Sam Presti finalized his win-now mantra by adding Carmelo Anthony and free-agent Trey Burke to the Oklahoma City Thunder roster on Saturday afternoon.

Last season in Washington, Burke, 24, averaged just 5.0 ppg, 1.8 apg, and 12 mpg (career lows). However, during a three-season span with Utah, Burke’s 12.1 ppg and 4.1 apg placed him among the league’s top young floor generals.

With no viable third point guard entering camp for OKC prior to Saturday’s deal, Burke will presumably vie against Raymond Felton for backup floor-general honors.

Burke’s arrival further stabilizes a Thunder guard-unit which struggled to generate offense minus Westbrook last season. The signing also bookends an uncharacteristically bold summer of immediate roster upgrades by GM Sam Presti.

The 17-18’ Thunder boasts an array of newcomers, featuring Paul George, Patrick Patterson, Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, and Burke.

Burke’s contract is non-guaranteed, per Shams Chariana.

As Russell Westbrook’s mammoth extension remains unsigned, OKC brass is grasping for championship contention to coax the reigning league-MVP back for the remainder of his prime years