NBA Trade News: Phoenix Suns Sign Wolf Pack’s Deonte Burton On Training Camp Contract
With Markieff Morris demanding trade, the Phoenix Suns added one more to their roster. The Phoenix Suns have signed former Wolf Pack player Deonte Burton on Thursday. Burton’s contract is non-guaranteed and he is invited to the team’s training camp.
The deal is worth about $525,000 if he earns a place in the Suns’ roster, according to reports. The team also signed Henry Sims and Cory Jefferson non-guaranteed contracts.
Burton, who hails from Los Angeles, was one of the most electrifying point guards who donned Wolf Pack’s colors. The point guard is among the two Nevada players who crossed 2000 points in his career. Nick Fazekas is the other player to achieve that.
Following his average of 20.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, he was bestowed first-team All-Mountain West awards. Burton has been a regular starter from 2010-14 for the Wolf Packs.
Burton featured in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas recently with the Philadelphia 76ers, where he averaged 4.7 points and 1.3 assists in 11.3 minutes per game last July. Earlier, he was in Sacramento’s training camp last season and appeared in summer league for the kitty Washington Wizards.
Last season, Burton played in Germany for Ratiopharm Ulm, but got scarce playing opportunity. The Suns had an ordinary NBA season last year. When they returned this summer, they handed brand new contracts to five players: the “controversial” Markieff and Marcus Morris, Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, and P.J. Tucker. Marcus was traded off later to Detroit, which sparked his twin brother’s demand to leave the team, and the others were busy with their personal issues giving little importance to the team’s success.
The newcomers are being relied upon for turning the tides.