SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz made a trade before Thursday afternoon’s deadline, but it wasn’t the big one many people expected.
The Jazz acquired point guard Shelvin Mack from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a future second round draft pick.
Trey Burke, who was rumored to be traded, was not moved and is expected to remain with the Jazz for the rest of the season.
Mack, 25, was Gordon Hayward’s college teammate and played in two Final Four’s at Butler. He also played for head coach Quin Snyder, who was an assistant coach in Atlanta.
“He’s an intelligent player,” said Snyder. “For him to be effective and help us, he’s got to find a role within our group, and I think he’s capable of doing that.”
Mack’s NBA career has been far less glorious than his collegiate career. A second round pick by the Washington Wizards in 2011 (34th pick overall), Mack has averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 points per game in five years in the NBA.
Mack played in 24 games this season for Atlanta, averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 assists per game as the Hawks third string point guard behind Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder.
Mack’s best season came in 2013-14, when he averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 assists in 73 games with the Hawks, making 11 starts.
While Raul Neto and Burke are still expected to get the majority of minutes at point guard, Mack should provide the Jazz with a strong defensive presence and veteran stability as they try to end a 4-year playoff drought.