Guard Ramon Sessions has been waived by the New York Knicks so that they can add Trey Burke to the roster.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 13, 2018
In the offseason Sessions signed a one-year, fully guaranteed $2.33 million contract with the Knicks. The Knicks are responsible for $300,478 of Sessions remaining salary while the NBA will pick up the remaining $857,270, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. His $1.47 million salary will stay on the Knicks salary cap.
Sessions started the season as the starting point guard but was replaced by Jarrett Jack. He has played in just ten games since the start of November. He is averaging 3.7 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.4 rebounds this season.
“We thank Ramon for being a consummate professional and providing this team with veteran leadership,” Knicks general manager Scott Perry said in a statement. “He is incredibly well respected throughout the organization and we wish him the best moving forward.”
Burke was the ninth pick in the 2013 NBA draft. In his rookie season with the Utah Jazz he averaged 12.8 points and 5.7 assists. He has averaged 9.8 points and 2.9 assists since then. He signed with the Knicks in October and is averaging 26.6 points with the Westchester Knicks of the G league.
League sources say that Burke will sign a deal for the rest of the season on Sunday. The move will reunite Burke with former college teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway is happy that Burke is moving up.
“It’d be great if he does get called up. We play off one another very, very well,” Hardaway said this week, per Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. “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.”
It is unclear how Burke will fit into the Knicks rotation as Jack and Frank Ntilikina have played the most minutes at point guard.