Alec Burks played a significant role off the bench for Utah last season — scoring 13.3 points per game and shooting better than 40 percent from three, he was one of the better playmakers on the roster, and he drove the second unit. Well, he did until the December day when he suffered a broken leg. He eventually needed surgery to repair it, and that sidelined him for three months until almost the end of the season, where the injury-plagued Jazz just missed the playoffs.
Now Burks is having some clean up work done on his left leg done during the summer — he had arthroscopic surgery on left knee and ankle on Tuesday, the team announced.
Burks is expected to be ready for training camp.
This is the time of year to get these kinds of things done. Utah’s guard situation will be interesting this summer as they get Dante Exum back from injury and they will have options (which could mean a trade). Burks was a great fit with the second unit, and if the Jazz have better fortune on the injury front this year, they should be able to bounce into the playoffs next season.