Eastern Notes: Korver, LaVine, Celtics, Kanter

The Sixers, Thunder or Lakers are the most likely landing spots for veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver, Jordan Greer of the Sporting News opines. Korver is likely to get traded or bought out by a Cavaliers team that suddenly finds itself in a rebuilding mode. The combination of Korver and J.J. Redick could drive opposing defenses crazy in Philadelphia, while Oklahoma City desperately needs a 3-point shooter. LeBron James and Korver have good chemistry, as displayed by James’ 89 assists to Korver last season, Greer adds.

We have more from the Eastern Conference:

  • The Bulls matched the Kings’ four-year, $78MM offer sheet for Zach LaVine and thus far it’s looking like a wise decision. As Sam Smith of the Bulls’ website notes, LaVine is shooting a career high 46.8% and averaging 26.6 PPG. He’s second in the Eastern Conference in usage rate to Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and his efficiency rating still is top 10 in the conference, Smith adds.
  • Interior scoring might be the Celtics’ biggest weakness, Marc D’Amico of Celtics.com points out. It entered Monday’s game at Denver ranked last in points in the paint with an average of just 35.3 per game. Coach Brad Stevens admits the lack of inside scoring is a carryover from the last two seasons. “Last year we were not very good either,” he said. “That’s been an issue for us for the last 18 months. Prior to that we were pretty good at it. So we’ve just got to keep hammering on it, see if we can get a little better.”
  • Knicks coach David Fizdale knows Enes Kanter isn’t happy coming off the bench but Fizdale believes he could be a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, as he told Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com and other media members. Kanter, a free agent after the season, is playing behind rookie Mitchell Robinson. “I just want him to keep settling into that role right now,” Fizdale said. “Quite honestly, if we keep going this rout, he’s a guy that with the numbers he’s going to get … he’s going to have his hat in that Sixth Man of the Year Award.”
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25 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Korver, LaVine, Celtics, Kanter

  1. the dude

    You know… It won’t happen, but I’d be ok with the Celts packaging Hayward, Brown, a 1st and if needed, Rozier to the pels right now for Davis and i dunno, moore

    • New Orleans can offer Demarcus Cousins $25mm next summer. Julius Randle would have to opt out. They would have to go over the cap to sign Mirotic if he has Bird rights. Davis has said all along he wants to play power forward. I think Cousins goes back to New Orleans.
      Even if not, Boston and L.A. would have a very difficult time matching salaries. Davis will make $27mm+. Horford and Hayward will make over $30mm. Ingram, Ball, Kuzma, and Hart don’t make $27mm. These are the players that would have to be involved and neither L.A. or Boston can afford to gut their young players and their bench for Davis. He can get the supermax in New Orleans and have Cousins back. I think that happens.

    • That is not anywhere near for AD, maybe add another 5 1st rounders & a few more players, but… naw still isn’t good enough for AD, remember Gentry said not even Beyonce is enough for him.

      • AD isn’t leaving New Orleans because he can get the max there, and nobody can put a package together that New Orleans would accept and match salaries for both teams.

    • That’s a crappy offer for Davis. Hayward looks like a shell of his former self, and Rozier will be a free agent. It’s going to take a lot to move the needle enough for AD, and that’s not even close.

  2. victorg

    I wonder if the rockets can get in on korver for a couple of #2s .. or for chriss .

  3. PeterDipersio

    Boston needs to make the trade happen that they have been working on for years and that is to bring in Anthony Davis!

    • victorg

      I don’t see any kind of way that NO trades davis I mean he would have to do something pretty bad to get traded from NO.

        • victorg

          I would say it would be like the Utah jazz trading Malone in his prime … yes they have not “won” anything with davis YET but its coming need the right pcs around him whether that is cousins or not IDK.. I think he needs shooters around him for sure and they need at least one more playmaker which they have in holiday and evans so they are getting there IMO. you know it took the bulls , rockets , spurs , lakers and warriors a few years to get that chemistry right so you never know but if I was a pelican fan I would be feeling good about my teams future with davis as the cornerstone.

    • If Boston is willing to talk Tatum they would may have a chance for Davis. But any conversation for AD starts and ends with Tatum. Considering how cheap Tatum is I don’t see the Celtics doing it, but that would make some sense to me.

  4. Luckylefty2

    It’s crazy how the 35th pick starts over a veteran, but mo mamba who is the 6th pick can’t even get a consistent 20 minutes a night. Some organizations really don’t no how to develop players .

    • victorg

      fitzdale also benched gasol in favor of second round pick deyonta davis sooooo

  5. Interior scoring isn’t the Celtics biggest weakness. Their biggest weakness is Kylie being a score first point guard on a roster full of guys who can fill it up. Plus he’s a bad defender. If they give him a max extension that would be a huge mistake, and I almost think they’re better off when he’s off the floor or hurt (which seems to happen to Kyrie a lot).

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