The first trade of the NBA season should be done soon. The defending NBA champs Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Kyle Korver.
The teams are still finalizing the terms of the deal but a 2019 first-round pick and Mike Dunleavy Jr would be going to Atlanta.
The Cavs could really use a veteran back-up point guard but Korver does help with their depth issues. J.R. Smith is out 10-14 weeks after thumb surgery. Chris Andersen is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Dunleavy only managed to play in 23 games averaging just under five points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range with only 57 attempts.
Korver averaged 9.5 points on 40 percent shooting from 3-point range in 32 games with the Hawks. Korver is a career 42% 3-point shooter. His shooting has slipped the past two seasons after having off-season ankle surgery but he did shoot 49% from 3 back in the 2014-15 season. He’s a solid team defender who should fit right in with the Cavs.
It only takes a second for Korver to get his shot up and he shoots a decent percentage with a defender close to him. Per NBA.com stats Korver shoots 33% when guarded very tight; which means when a defender is 0-2 feet away. When he is open (4-6 feet) he shoots 42% and if he is wide open (6+ feet) he shoots 49%.
With better teammates surrounding him and LeBron throwing pinpoint passes Korver is sure to get more open looks. He is also shooting 43% on catch and shoot opportunities.
It’s not the biggest move out there but this will help the Cavs in the long run especially since they are in need of healthy bodies.