Trey Burke injury: Jazz rookie out 8-12 weeks with fractured finger

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Burke, the rookie point guard and first-round draft pick of the Jazz, will undergo surgery Tuesday.

Utah Jazz rookie Trey Burke will miss 8-12 weeks because of a broken index finger that will require surgery, reports The Deseret News' Jody Genessy. Burke's agent told the paper the point guard will undergo surgery on Tuesday that will insert pins into his finger to help the healing process.

The rookie out of Michigan broke his finger on Saturday in a preseason loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The team first expected him to miss only three weeks.

SLC Dunk: More on the Jazz

The new timeline pushes Burke's first NBA game back from mid-December to the first week in January, which comes down to 20 to more than 30 games.

In the interim, Utah will move forward with backup point guard John Lucas III, an NBA journeyman, as the starter. The team doesn't have much depth behind him with Scott Machado and Lester Hudson having non-guaranteed contracts. The team could also use undersized shooting guard Ian Clark, a rookie out of Belmont, at the point guard spot.

The Deseret News reports the Jazz will look at potential free agent options to help the point guard depth.

More from SB Nation NBA:

Herbert: Andrea Bargnani's vacant return to Toronto

Video: How the top-5 defenders guard LeBron James

Jazz rookie Trey Burke out with broken finger

Larry Sanders and the science of rim protection

Today's NBA headlines from around the league

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.