OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a deal with free agent shooting guard Alec Burks today. This was first reported by ESPN’s Royce Young.
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 played for three teams last season — Utah, Cleveland and Sacramento. He had previously spent the rest of his career with the Jazz dating back to 2011 when he was drafted out of the University of Colorado.
This signing helps depth at the two-guard spot. With Andre Roberson recovering from injury and Terrance Ferguson developing but not quite at the level he needs to be yet, Burks helps the roster.
He is a career 35 percent 3-point shooter but shot 37 percent from deep last season in his stint in Cleveland. Burks started 24 of his 34 game appearances with the Cavaliers and averaged 11.6 points per game, five rebounds and two assists.
With the signing, OKC improves their second unit along with last night’s Mike Muscala acquisition. Now with Nerlens Noel back in the fold, the Thunder’s second unit appears to pack more punch than last season.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports