The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the trade to acquire guard Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, giving the defending National Basketball Association champions another premier shooter.
First-round picks can’t be traded in consecutive years, so Cleveland will reportedly send its 2017 pick to Portland to get back its 2018 No. 1, which was sent to the Trail Blazers last season as part of the Anderson Varejao deal. Korver had his best season in 2014-15, and has declined ever since, but he is still one of the most efficient three point shooters in the league.
Kyle Korver brings something special to Cleveland besides being a deadly 3-point threat.
The Hawks in return received guard Mike Dunleavy, guard Mo Williams, a first-round draft pick and cash. Wojnarowski added Mike Dunleavy would be leaving Cleveland for an unidentified third team in the report. He averaged 9.5 points and 2.8 rebounds this season with the Atlanta Hawks, who had recently moved him to the bench.
Up next for the Cavaliers: an upgrade at the one spot, where the departure of scrappy Matthew Dellavedova has left them thin and increased the burden on fragile three-time All-Star Kyrie Irving.
A Cavaliers executive was in Atlanta last week to watch Korver.
“Obviously, it’s a great opportunity for me to go to Cleveland”. And while it’s just a one-game sample, the team completed just 34.3 percent of its trey attempts in the one-point win over the Dubs on Christmas Day.
“And when he comes back, it gives him another guy on the bench”, Van Gundy said.
In his absence, DeAndre Liggins has started every game, but has been fairly stagnant on the offensive side of the ball, averaging just 3.1 points per game since taking over the starting shooting guard role. After losing J.R. Smith for several months after surgery was required to correct an injured thumb, the depth of the Cavs’ rotation had been tested.
The rich get richer.
What do you get the team that has pretty much everything it needs to repeat as National Basketball Association champs? The Cavs acquired Dunleavy in the summer but he has been unable to get on the floor for age and injury reasons, so Cleveland just swapped him out for Korver.
“We still got a couple more things we need to do”, James said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
“It’s slowing up our process because of what we’re trying to build”, said LeBron James, who also called Friday for the Cavs to acquire a proven backup point guard for Kyrie Irving even with Korver en route. The Hawks might already learn a lesson last season when Al Horford signed with the Celtics and leave the Hawks with nothing. “For a guy to be traded before the game and know that he’s going on another team but continue to support his teammates, to continue to support us, says a lot about who he is”.