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Knicks expect Trey Burke to give point an added dimension

Trey Burke of the New York Knicks looks

Trey Burke of the New York Knicks looks on from the bench during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Trey Burke had been to the Garden before. He even defeated the Knicks with a buzzer-beating jumper while playing for Utah. But he had a little problem Sunday, his first day at work for the home team. “I got lost trying to go to the court,” Burke said before the Knicks’ 123-118 overtime loss to New Orleans.

The Knicks hope they have found something after signing the 6-1 point guard for the rest of this season, with a team option for next season. The Michigan man was tearing up the G League for the Westchester Knicks, averaging 26.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals.

It remains to be seen how much Burke will play behind Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina — he didn’t play against the Pelicans — but Jeff Hornacek said he offers something different. “Just a little more ability to penetrate, get in the lane, push the ball,” he said. “He’s got the threat of the outside three-point shot, so . . . he can drill a three and keep teams honest.”

Minnesota drafted Burke ninth overall in 2013 and shipped his rights to Utah. He finished third in the rookie of the year voting, but then his career stalled. He was traded to Washington before last season and, after averaging 10.6 points and 3.6 assists in his first four seasons, signed with the Knicks late in this past preseason.

He soon was waived and went to Westchester, which was to his liking. “I think I wanted to just start from scratch, kind of recreate my brand, show what I can do on a night-in, night-out basis with consistent minutes,” he said. “I think going down there, a lot of people look at it as a knock. But it was more so like a growing period for me.”

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