Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/3/13
Utah fans were very excited about the Jazz’s acquisition of Michigan point guard Trey Burke on draft night. Maybe they were a bit too excited. Within days of the Jazz trading the 14th and 21 overall picks to the Timberwolves for Burke’s rights, official jerseys for the rookie turned up in stores in the Salt Lake City area. Burke’s No. 3 jersey hung in windows at multiple Fanzz shops, according to fan tweets, showing just how thrilled they were that their team might finally have a bona fide point guard for the first time since Deron Williams was traded in 2011. This pic was taken 2 hours ago @ South Towne Mall location of @FanzzSports. Word is the jersey has been taken down. http://t.co/NnUxGm2UV3— Utah Jazz Nation (@Utah_JazzNation) July 02, 2013 @Utah_JazzNation @FanzzSports I was at the fashion place mall store and took this picture http://t.co/psgfg9zpYp— Cam Morgan (@Nike_Cam01) July 02, 2013 There is only one problem. The Jazz have a player who wears No. 3, and it’s not Burke. Two days before the Burke jerseys showed up, a story in The Salt Lake Tribune quoted hustle player and fan favorite DeMarre Carroll saying how much he looked forward to the day his No. 3 jersey was available in pro shops. He got his wish, sort of. Although Carroll is a free agent, he still owns the number, so Burke cannot wear it until Carroll signs with another team or “sells” it to him. Selling jersey numbers is not rare in pro sports. The price can range from a case of beer to all-expenses paid vacations. But Carroll was as surprised as anyone to find out Burke was already anointed the new No. 3. @tribjazz SMD They trying to give my jersey number away already?! Take them a arm and leg to put in stores for my Fans. SMD— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) July 02, 2013 (“SMD” is the dreadlocked Carroll’s version of “shaking my head,” as in “shaking my dreds.”) If Carroll does re-sign with the Jazz, he could have leverage over Burke now that jerseys are already in stores. Carroll made less than $900,000 last season, so he would welcome a slice of the roughly $2.5 million guaranteed Burke is set to make as the ninth overall pick. Or Burke could just stick with No. 33, which he was issued for Utah’s summer league team, and make those No. 3 jerseys into collector’s items.
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