Cavs’ Kyle Korver On Trade Block?

The Cavaliers are looking to move Kyle Korver, Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com writes in his latest round-up of Cavs-related notes and rumors. Ashish Mathur of AmicoHoops.net recently reported that Cleveland was exploring the possibility of trading both Korver and point guard George Hill.

While the Cavs have repeatedly insisted that they have no interest in moving Kevin Love, Korver might make more sense as a potential trade chip. His mid-level salary ($7.56MM) would be easier for a potential suitor to absorb, and there’s no shortage of teams around the NBA that wouldn’t mind adding a shooter of his caliber.

Dealing Korver could also clear a path for the Cavs to lock up Rodney Hood to a new multiyear deal without risking going back into luxury-tax territory. The team currently has about $106.4MM in guaranteed money on its books for 10 players. If Hood were re-signed on a salary of about $10-12MM, it would significantly limit the Cavs’ options as they try to fill out the rest of their roster without crossing the tax threshold.

While Pluto doesn’t provide any specifics on what the Cavs might be looking for in exchange for Korver, Mathur suggests the team would like to acquire draft picks. Cleveland has traded its second-round selections for the next two years, and its 2019 first-rounder will head to Atlanta if it doesn’t land in the top 10, so it makes sense that the Cavs would be looking to restock their supply of picks.

Korver, 37, was his usual effective self from three-point range in 2017/18, averaging 9.2 PPG with a .436 3PT%. The veteran marksman is a career 43.1% shooter from beyond the arc and has averaged 2.5 threes per game over his last six seasons.

Korver is under contract for one more year beyond 2018/19, but his 2019/20 salary ($7.5MM) is only partially guaranteed for $3.44MM.

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27 thoughts on “Cavs’ Kyle Korver On Trade Block?

    • derricknoah

      Sounds like Cleveland would prefer to lower their salary considering they are in the Tax

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    • I give no fox

      MKG makes more than korver. Probably doesn’t make sense if they want to resign Hood and avoid the luxury tax

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  1. victorg

    back to Atlanta so they can absorb his salary without sending any back ? he makes a lot of sense for the rockets,jazz and philly.

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  2. formerlyz

    Kyle Korver and Okaro White to OKC for Alex Abrines, Kyle Singler, and 2 2nd round picks

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    • x%sure

      I think some bigwig on OKC is an Abrines fan. Not bad for CLE.

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  3. knickscavsfan

    Korver should be moved for the same reason that Love will ultimately be moved. We are not a serious playoff contender. The fanbase understands that and rather than struggle to be a 41 win team would rather trade off the vets and collect young assets and draft picks. Create a culture and try and be relevant in the next 3-5 years.

    Korver should have plenty of teams interested in him. Even the GSW could use a shooter like Korver off the bench.

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    • Did you see Korver shoot in the finals? Warriors don’t want that.

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      • knickscavsfan

        So you choose what happened in one 4-game series and then ignore the rest? Klay shot 40% from the floor and 30% from 3pt land in the 2015 Finals. Should they have gotten rid of him based off of that one series? Don’t bother continuing down this line. I was simply saying that Korver would appeal to almost all teams, especially the playoff contenders.

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        • GuruGray

          Klay comparison doesn’t make sense because he was young and a great defender. Korver is old and offers nothing outside of his shooting. Korver could be a solid bench option, but he can’t be on the court against certain teams

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          • knickscavsfan

            It makes sense in that, young or old, you don’t judge a vet like Korver or Klay based off of one bad 4 game series. I also NEVER said that Korver would be a starter. He wasn’t one with the Cavs, why would he be one for the GSW. Nor was I suggesting that the GSW was interested. I simply said that Korver has a skill(elite 3 pt shooting) that every team COULD use and age means nothing with a player brought in who has a specific elite skill. Korver wouldn’t be brought in to play 40 minutes a game nor for his defense. He’s being brought in to catch and shoot and move without the ball to get open shots. Korver at age 36 is what he’s always been. A guy who can give you 10 pts off the bench and will shoot the 3 on an elite level (44% last year and 43% for his 15 year career).

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      • formerlyz

        Good defensive teams can run Korver off his spots, but a good coach can run him off multiple screens and get him open. Tyrone Lue is his coach in Cleveland.

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        • x%sure

          Right. And supposedly, GSW focussed their defensive plan on him (beyond any James strategy).

          I like how Korver can be the screener on P&Rs, then pop out. Also he fires so quickly while running away from the hoop to get the ball– but at a lower % IMO. If he stopped doing that he might be at 50%.

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    • formerlyz

      Would you take that OKC trade? Singler’s deal is a team option next year, so those are expiring contracts

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  4. Love is the only player on Cavs worth anything. Cavs were only team interested in Hill last year when he was with Sacramento. Because of Korver’s age, he’s only worth a role player or 2nd round pick. Because of Hill’s contract, although guarenteed for $1MM in 2020, would only get them a role player. He showed in Cleveland and Indiana he disappears too much. He made $8MM in Indiana. That’s more like his worth.

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    • knickscavsfan

      Dude you get caught up in the wrong thing. There is no way in the world you can tell me, that based off of age, Korver on a 1 year deal at $7.5 mil and another year at the same but only guaranteed for $3.4 mil isn’t going to have teams lined up. Age is almost irrelevant win they’re on a short-term deal (effectively, an expiring 1/$10 mil deal) and they have a specific skill that today’s NBA craves and did it at an elite level recently. Korver was 6th last year in 3pt % and was #1 the year before that. If he has an uncharacteristic year then you cut him loose and move on since it’s basically a 1 year deal.

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        • No problem on typos, we all do it sometimes.

          All I’m saying is the Warriors wouldn’t be interested in Korver.

          Come finals time the defense is a lot more intense and focused. The guy flying around shooting off-balance 3-pointers, his percentage is going to be down with a body close to him and a hand in his face.

          A player’s got to do other things like standout defense. Korver doesn’t have that.

          Don’t get me wrong I like Korver he’s accomplished a lot and he is a tremendous, world class shooter.

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    • knickscavsfan

      Also, PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT BAD CONTRACTS ARE UNMOVABLE. Mozgov was just traded for the 3rd time since siging his contract and twice in the last month and he’s due to make much more than Hill or Smith. The NBA is the one sport where bad expiring contracts are desirable for some teams. Anyone trading for Hill is either getting rid of an equally bad contract, getting off the hook for the additional years they’re on the hook for or are collecting picks back in addition to HIll.

      It should be pointed out tho, that despite his short comings in the Finals he did have a decent season shooting 46%/41%/78%. He would be a very good back up PG for a contending team coming off the bench or a team in need of a mentor for a young PG. That mentor part would be the only reason why je MIGHT have some value with the Cavs until Sexton is ready to become a starter (if not given the job outright).

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    • x%sure

      Speaking of MIL’s r1 pick…
      It projects as going to Phoenix. So, unlikely. But I suspect that was a joke on where MIL got him from.

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  5. bennyg

    Can see Utah becoming interested in Korver…..
    Korver coming off the bench and suddenly having Korver AND Ingles out on the court together…. The Jazz version of splash brothers

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  6. x%sure

    Korver/Hill for Lyles/Plumlee/Arthur saves CLE $2.8mil in capspace & delivers 2 good young players from a team that still needs a 1 & wants the next step.

    I push Lyles because I think he’s going to break out in 18/19.

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  7. moazetongue

    I’d keep Korver if at all possible. He’s not going to take anything away from the youngsters. He’s outstanding locker room guy. They young players already on he roster ha e fine to him in the past both for basketball and off court feedback. Plus, who doesn’t want one if the greatest 3 point shooters of all time?

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  8. Agree with Hill & JR are assets not liabilities just now, like Korver, any expiring contracts are good trading chips in the league, so I can see Cleveland been able to move them all if they want. No problems.

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