Cavaliers Finalizing Deal For Kyle Korver

JANUARY 6, 2:11pm: The Cavs are shipping out Mo Williams as part of the deal, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal confirms (Twitter link).

JANUARY 6, 9:08am: The Hawks and Cavs are working on finding a third team for Dunleavy, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical tweets. If they can’t find a taker, Atlanta will keep the small-forward.

JANUARY 5, 8:13pm: The trade has not yet been finalized, but the way things appear to sit now involve the Cavaliers sending Mike Dunleavy Jr. and a 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks in exchange for Kyle Korver. It’s also been reported that Dunleavy could be flipped to a third team prior to Friday’s trade call. Earlier updates had Mo Williams and possibly Cedi Osman involved.

In a separate trade, the Cavaliers are sending their 2017 first-round pick to the Trail Blazers in order to re-acquire their own 2018 first-round pick that, per The Oregonian’s Tim Brown, they gave up in the Anderson Varejao deal last February.

JANUARY 5, 7:36pm: According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavaliers have also made a separate trade with the Trail Blazers. They’ll trade their 2017 first-round pick to Portland in order to get their 2018 first-round pick back. He also tweets that Cleveland’s 2019 first-round pick will be on its way to Atlanta.

JANUARY 5, 7:28pm: Wojnarowski now reports that the Cavs will send Mike Dunleavy Jr. to the Hawks and that he’ll likely move on to a third team, though it’s not clear what team that will be. Dunleavy Jr. makes $4.8MM this season, with a team option for next season.

JANUARY 5, 7:15pm: Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets that he hears that the retired – but still tradable – Mo Williams is Atlanta-bound, along with a heavily protected first-round pick from the Cavaliers. He also confirms on Twitter, that the Cavs can absorb Korver’s salary if they wish, via the Anderson Varejao trade exception.

JANUARY 5, 7:08pm: According to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks hadn’t confirmed the deal as of 6:47pm CST, but coach Mike Budenholzer had pulled Korver aside. Vivlamore adds that a Cavaliers executive was in Atlanta last week to watch the sharpshooter. Finally, Vivlamore tweets that Cedi Osman could be among the package going to Atlanta. The 2015 second-round pick is currently playing in Turkey.

 JANUARY 5, 6:56pm: The Cavaliers are finalizing a deal that will land them Kyle Korver, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski. While the exact terms being discussed aren’t currently available, what’s known now is that wheels are in motion for the 35-year-old veteran to join the reigning champions.

Over the course of the last five years with the Hawks, Korver has established himself as an elite deep threat and was even named to the All-Star team in 2015. He’ll now join a Cavaliers team that’s seen three-point specialists like Channing Frye and J.R. Smith thrive thanks to the spacing created by its stars.

Korver is on the final year of a contract worth $5.3MM and while the Cavaliers are currently well over the cap, it’s worth noting that they hold four outstanding trade exceptions, including one worth $9.6MM that is set to expire in February.

According to Justin Verrier of ESPN, as of 6:52pm CST, Korver was still warming up on the court prior to Atlanta’s Wednesday night game against New Orleans.

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34 thoughts on “Cavaliers Finalizing Deal For Kyle Korver

  1. showty

    y would they go get a two or three guard wen their suppose to be looking 4 a back up point guard that could start since they don’t have one!?

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      • Getting old players usually means veterans who can slot into the rotation. If they were to acquire young players, that’s more guys who might not be really ready for playoff basketball or would cost too much to acquire.

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  2. Somebody please tell why would the hawks trade Kyle Korver for noting. I understand the really needed a back up point guard but they but just move either him or Slumpert play some minutes at pg. Oh instead of that they just play DeAnre Liggins some at that position.

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    • They can trade Kyle Korver for a pick (actually something) or let him walk at the end of the year (for actually nothing). The Hawks aren’t competing anytime soon, better to get something in return for the UFAs than to have them walk for nothing.

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  3. Formerlyz

    I mean…dunleavy is a better defender than Korver and is more versatile offensively…don’t really understand this trade for Cleveland, while Atlanta scoops up free assets, and gets a wing to replace Korver for half the money

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    • Formerlyz

      Dunleavy also can play at the 3, and it allows Tim Hardaway Jr to get more time at the 2 for Atlanta. I think this deal helps them this year

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      • hill

        I’m not seeing how Korver is a 1st Round pick better than Dunleavy.

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    • Compton

      Ahhh….Korver is one of the best shooters in the game and helps space the floor.

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      • hill

        I didn’t realise Korver’s 3p% is a full 5 points better than Dunleavy’s, not just this year but over their careers. I was thinking it was maybe 2 pct points difference. I guess that’s worth a 1st round pick…when LeBron cares not about young players.

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        • What are young players going to do to help them win a championship? Because obviously Kay Felder is having a monumental, Rookie of the Year-esque type of impact for them. Come playoff time, would you rather be playing veterans who know what to do, or play rookies/young players who might crack under the pressure.

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  4. crazysull

    LeBron probably asked for Korver for Christmas. That’s why either having him come off the bench or slot in with LeBron and Irving and Love but either way it is an interesting trade at an interesting time. But since the Hawks were rumored to be shopping Milsap it wouldn’t surprise me if they have started the process of cleaning house. Dumping money for players that will cost them less and can fill that players position for the rest of the season while not doing well and getting good picks and gathering money to sign good free agents

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  5. If the deal is just Dunleavy and a first for Korver, it’s a bad deal for the Cavs (as the difference between Dunleavy and Korver, health aside, isn’t that drastic that warrants a future first being thrown in). If Mo Williams is attached, the trade makes perfect sense for the Cavs since they clear William’s spot from their roster. Also, is Mo Williams ever going to retire or is he just going to stick around and hope to possibly collect another championship ring even though he didn’t do squat.

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    • Also, another potentially important element of this deal is that Korver’s contract is up after this year but Dunleavy still has one more year. Clear some of that luxury tax away for next year.

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      • Formerlyz

        I think this is a terrible trade for the Cavs. They had no reason to mess with their wing rotation. If anything, they need a big to replace Birdman, and Dunleavy is even more useful until JR Smith is healthy. Seems like a trade for the sake of making a trade, and a downgrade in terms of fit. Hope Korver doesn’t end up standing around like Mike Miller.

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  6. crazysull

    Korver isn’t a bad addition for the Cavs it is just the fact that they have some much for pressing needs than Korver so I think that’s why it is getting so much heat

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    • Z-A

      Maybe a favor to the player. Dunleavy isn’t bad, so it’s not like a bad return for an expiring contract.

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    • Korver is a free agent at the end of the year. Getting a first round pick for him (even if it is a future first) is probably more than he would get from another team. Plus, Dunleavy gives them a potential replacement or at least a capable wing player who could also be trade bait now or in the future.

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  7. Z-A

    How productive will he be on 15 minutes? Can he chuck up 6 3PA’s a game in 15 minutes?

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  8. Why is everyone so up-in-arms about a first round pick that will either be the 29th or 30th pick in the draft. Korver much better player right now than Dunleavy. Plus he’ll be off the books at the end of the year.

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  9. Z-A

    So Mo, Dunleavy and a 1st for Korver. That makes much more sense now… Jack seems like a probable signing.

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