ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's a time of flux and uncertainty throughout the entire Utah Jazz organization, but Alec Burks knows one thing: Whatever role he's asked to provide, he's ready for it.
"If I doubt myself, I shouldn't be here," said Burks after scoring 18 points in the Jazz' 85-71 Orland Pro Summer League loss to the Houston Rockets Tuesday. "I'm going to be aggressive no matter what.
"I feel like I've grown up, about to turn 22. As a man, I feel like I'm growing up."
There were times last season where Burks asked to be a shooting guard, and there were nights when Burks would be running the point for the final 20 minutes, and then there were 16 games when the Colorado product didn't even step on the floor.
The uncertainty about who is going do what is still there -- Utah officials were talking with Toronto point guard John Lucas III Monday afternoon, but it appears that Burks could be the anchor of the rebuilding effort that includes Trey Burke at point and Gordon Hayward returning to the small forward position he dominated at during his college days at Butler.
"I have the ability to be one of those guys," Burks said about starting. "All the young talent we'll have, the sky's the limit."
Good thing that Burks now has a solid mid-range jumper in his repertoire.
"My game is getting more complete," Burks said. "My jump shot's better because I've had a lot of repetitions."
Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe said that Burks has learned how to play the shooting guard position.
Burks hit a couple of jumpers off the dribble that backed up that observation. Burks also ran the point a few times as well.
"It's a tough position to play," Lowe said. "You're expected to score and you're going up against guys who can score. He's learning how to come off screens and when to curl. He's also grown in the point guard position, which is tough to do."
And Lowe knows that Burks is confident.
"He has a lot of that," Lowe said. "He doesn't get down. He'll make mistakes and won't like it, but won't let them get to him. He'll be ready."
And Lowe thinks new point guard Burke will be ready, despite the stat line that may cause some to worry. The Michican product is just 6-of-27 from the field with seven assists in Utah's first two games.
He's gone up against some solid competition -- former Texas star Myck Kabongo, playing for the Miami Heat, pestered Burke Sunday and Houston point guard Patrick Beverley guarded Burke well Tuesday.
As Lowe reminded, "It's summer league."
"There's no need to worry about Trey Burke right now," Lowe said. "We're safe."
* JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz will receive a 2018 second-round pick from Denver, not Golden State, for the three-team trade that sent Randy Foye to the Nuggets, sources close to the team said. ... Second round draft pick Raul Neto has been cleared to play, but didn't appear in the Jazz lineup Tuesday. He's expected to some summer league action, but more than like will start the regular season with his team in Spain. ...
Absent from the lineup Tuesday: Jerel McNeal. ... Hayward watched the game Tuesday before departing for the Team USA minicamp he'll participate in this month with teammate Derrick Favors. ...
Jazz assistant Brad Jones was the summer coach for the day with Tyrone Corbin and Jerry Sloan watching from the baseline. ... The Jazz did garner one point under the league's scoring system by outscoring Houston 22-16 in the fourth quarter. ....
Evans had a nice stat line -- 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in an otherwise forgettable game; Utah shot 37 percent from the field and gave up 16 turnovers. ... Michael Stockton, John Stockton's kid, scored seven points, including a second-quarter 3-pointer; All together now for old time's sake: "Stockton for 3." ...
Utah faces Brooklyn at 9 a.m. today; newly hired Nets coach Jason Kidd is making a rare summer league head coach appearance; he was called for a technical foul Sunday night.