After agreeing to a trade with the Golden State Warriors to land Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks, the Philadelphia 76ers needed two roster spots to complete the trade. Given that the Sixers’ roster is at capacity, this required the Sixers trade or waive at least two players.
Minutes before Thursday’s 3:00 pm trade deadline, reports began surfacing that the Sixers traded James Ennis III for a draft pick, creating one roster spot. Now, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Sixers are waiving point guard reserve Trey Burke to create the second roster spot necessary to facilitate the Sixers’ trade with the Warriors.
Now, we know why Trey Burke is not in Milwaukee. I'm hearing he will be waived today. #Sixers— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 6, 2020
Burke appeared in 25 games for the Sixers this season after signing for the veteran minimum in the summer. In 25 appearances, Burke averaged 5.9 points on an eFG of 52.8% over 13.2 minutes. He provided the Sixers a nice change of pace as an isolation and pick-and-roll scorer, but his offensive could be inconsistent and his defense costly. He bounced in and out of the rotation throughout the season and ultimately the coaching staff decided on removing him completely.
This now means that Raul Neto is the only natural point guard on the Sixers’ roster. However, Josh Richardson is reportedly nearing a return, Shake Milton has shown improvements as a ball handler, and Alec Burks could even eat up some pick-and-roll possesions while Ben’s off the court.
Burke could get another shot on a veteran minimum before the season ends. I’m sure there’s some lottery teams that could use 20 minutes of point guard play to finish out the last leg of the season.