On Pioneer Day in the great state of Utah the Utah Jazz decided they were fed up.
Just weeks prior on June 27, 2013 they were ecstatic with their haul of their new future point guard, Trey Burke. Said the Utah Jazz GM, Dennis Lindsey, at the time, "We feel really fortunate tonight. ... We were looking at getting as many good players as we could." Steve Miller, President of Miller Sports Properties, opined, "It is serendipity. The stars aligned, the planets came together, and we got exactly what we were looking for in this draft."
Which is why the Jazz were disappointed when Michigan University did a bait and switch. They drafted Trey Burke. But Trey Burke was not what they had received.
After his first disappointing game Sydney Lowe, assistant head coach nervously said while sweating profusely and clutching his rosary, "He's serious about getting better, and he's going to get better." He then threw salt over his left shoulder and screamed at the team ordering them that if a single soul stepped on a crack in the sidewalk it would be their last. The Summer League Jazz team then ran laps around leprechauns, 4-leaf clovers, and unicorns.
After his first disappointing game Sydney Lowe, assistant head coach nervously said while sweating profusely and clutching his rosary, "He's serious about getting better, and he's going to get better."
Cut to a couple days later when Trey Burke struggled again in his second Summer League outing Lowe could be heard muttering to himself, "There's no need to be worrying about Trey Burke right now," as he clicked his heels in his Red Ruby Slippers holding a lucky rabbit's foot. Relatedly, the team had three extra players on the roster who attended the second game who had good performances but they lacked heart, courage, and brains to make it in the NBA.
It was as though the team was insinuating that they were shipped the wrong Burke.
When asked why Trey Burke was struggling so much Sydney Lowe said with an accusatory look while checking Trey Burke's driver's license, dental records, and mailing off a DNA sample for testing for a third time, "It's Summer League, and he's feeling his way through that."
It was as though the team was insinuating that they were shipped the wrong Burke. Which is why the Utah Jazz couldn't have been more frustrated than when they played the Miami Heat in summer league. A player by the name, Ian Clark (if you are to really believe that's his real name), scored 15 points and grabbed 3 rebounds against the Jazz that game. He shot 5-9 from the field with a very Trey Burke-ian like efficiency. Coincidence? The Utah Jazz didn't think so.
The Jazz sent their scouts to the Vegas Summer League to follow up with this "coincidence". The player, Ian Clark, looked familiar. His final per game stats in Vegas Summer League?
The Utah Jazz had been duped. Michigan University had sent the Utah Jazz a counterfeit and Cinderella'd the real Trey Burke out of the way forcing him to find a fairy god mother, a basketball coach pulled by Belmont horses, and earn his way onto an NBA roster. But the Utah Jazz were smarter.
"We have a good feel for who he is," said Tyrone Corbin obviously not commenting on Summer League performances and really commenting on how they had been bamboozled by a fraud.
In order to right the wrong and draft the guy they should have drafted the Utah Jazz signed Ian Clark to what was heralded at the time a very "significant" and "very aggressive offer for a non-drafted player." It is obvious the real Trey Burke, undrafted Ian Clark, wanted something similar to what the fake 9th pick Trey Burke, real Ian Clark, was offered.
Elaborate conspiracy? You be the judge.
Or should we say a drafted player who was never sent to the Jazz's Summer League camp and had a false name of Ian Clark forced upon him? Honestly, the guy is from Belmont. "No one in their right mind would sign an undrafted free agent out of Belmont," said the random dude at the food court who was not asked to comment on this topic last minute because the writer needed one last quote. Obviously, this was an elaborate hoax by some evil person trying to prevent the Utah Jazz from getting their future point guard. Elaborate conspiracy? You be the judge. However this story gets spun by the media the Utah Jazz got their future point guard, Trey Burke. Or Ian Clark, if that really is his real name.
[Original SLCDunk.com Ian Clark Signing post can be found here: Utah Jazz sign SG Ian Clark.]