NBA rumors: Kyle Korver on Sixers' radar

The Sixers need shooting in a bad way after losing Saric and Covington. They talked a trade with the Cavaliers for Kyle Korver during the offseason and retain interest now, according to league sources. Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee is also available. Shooters are a scarcity on the market, though; the Sixers may need to look to the buyout market like they did late last season with Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. No matter the player, it should be a priority to retain flexibility heading into next summer.

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The first player Altman ever signed to a contract as GM was Kyle Korver. It was a three-year, $22 million deal inked in July of 2017, but it came with an understanding: If LeBron were to leave, the Cavs would either trade Korver or buy him out of the deal so he could move his family to his next team during the summer. So when LeBron left July 1 for the Lakers, Korver asked for the Cavs to move him. They refused because, they told him, they wanted him to play and for the team to try and win. To be fair, in the event of a Korver trade they would want maximum value in return, like a first-round pick. Anyway, the same basic message of competing now was communicated to Kevin Love before he agreed to a four-year, $120 million extension and to rest of the returning players.
Meanwhile, the Cavs have initiated testing the trade market for guard Kyle Korver in the past several days, sources said. There was some trade interest in Korver last summer, and the Cavs are circling back on those talks.
On the trade front, multiple outlets have reported the Cavs and Sixers engaged in discussions over Kyle Korver. The Philadelphia Inquirer said the two sides talked about a swap of Korver for Jerryd Bayless. A team source told cleveland.com there was "nothing to report" on those talks. In the interim, it would seem the Cavs might look for more for Korver, who is 37 and still an excellent 3-point shooter on a favorable contract.
Joe Vardon: "They've told Kevin Love that they don't plan to trade him and there's been discussions with JR Smith and even Kyle Korver, who virtually everyone has circled as a trade candidate, getting them ready to come back to camp. They certainly could move one or more of those guys (I certainly don't see a move for Kevin right now), and yeah, it really seems like this is what has been communicated to all the players involved, that they're gonna try this out."
I hear the Cavs are looking to move Korver. He has a contract for $7.5 million this season. In 2019-2020, he also has a $7.5 million deal with $3.4 million guaranteed.
"We'll bring him in," Budenholzer said Saturday of Dunleavy after the Hawks' shootaround in Dallas. "I think he's got the type of game and a skill set that I think he could be very good playing for us. We'll just have to see how he is, integrate him, continue to build. He's a player who we've liked, and personally I've liked, for a long time. We'll see how he fits into our mix."
Korver is in Phoenix with the Cavs but is unable to play or even watch the team's game against the Suns from the bench because Dunleavy's physical hasn't been completed. The Cavs hope the medical exam will be done by tomorrow so Korver can go through his first practice with the team.
Jason Lloyd: Ty Lue hopeful everything will be in place so Korver can practice tmrw. Even if he doesn't, plan is still for him to play Tuesday at Utah
Korver must still pass a physical, but one source said the Cavs are hopeful he can join them in time for practice Monday in Phoenix. That would allow for his debut to be Tuesday at the Utah Jazz. But the timetables are fluid and nothing is yet definitive. He is not expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Suns.
DeMarre Carroll's sage words on Cleveland after the Kyle Korver trade: “I think Cleveland, they are always challenging. First of all, we got to get one win against them before we can even think about talking about Cleveland,” he said. “Right now, we just got to keep getting better. Try to get guys back healthy. Hopefully having Sullinger back will give us that physical nature we need, going against a good team like that.”
Albert Nahmad: Here’s what I’ve gathered on the still not yet complete Kyle Korver trade, which could be updated before completion, in case it's helpful… Cavs just traded their unprotected 2017 1st-round pick to Blazers in exchange for their 2018 1st back (previously sent in Varejao trade). This trade makes Cavs’ 2019 1st-round pick tradable. Without it, earliest tradable 1st would be in “first allowable draft” (likely 2020). Cavs, as of now, will trade Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and now-tradable protected 2019 1st-round pick to Hawks in exchange for Kyle Korver.
Albert Nahmad: Cavs could either: (i) save $9.6M Varejao TPE and create $2.2M TPE or (ii) reduce Varejao TPE to $4.4M, create TPEs for $4.8M and $2.2M.. Cavs would save $6.3M in salary and luxury tax by swapping Dunleavy/Williams for Korver. Payroll to $128.3M salaries + $27.1M tax = $155.4M.
Albert Nahmad: Cavs could look to sign a PG w/ open roster spot. A rest-of-season min deal would cost $1.9M incl. tax if signed tomorrow, falling $20K/day.
Albert Nahmad: Hawks would not get a trade exception in the deal (but could potentially get one with a subsequent trade of Mike Dunleavy or Mo Williams). If Hawks were to find taker for Dunleavy, the overall deal could potentially be structured as one 3-team trade or as two separate trades. Hawks wouldn’t need to waive anyone w/ 3-team trade (but Hawks/other team "touch" needed); could acquire TPE w/ 2 separate trades.
Marc Stein: As he awaits completion of his looming trade to Cleveland, Kyle Korver did not accompany the Hawks to Dallas, league sources say.
The Hawks are still finalizing details of the trade that will send Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers. The deal is not official and the parameters could change before it is completed. The transaction could be finalized Friday. As it currently stands, according to a person familiar with the situation, in exchange for Korver the Hawks will get a protected first-round draft pick (Nos. 11-30) in 2019. The pick will move to a 2020 protected pick if it does not convey in 2019. Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Mo Williams will also come to the Hawks as part of the deal. To make room for two players, the Hawks must open a roster spot. They are expected to waive Ryan Kelly.
Mo Williams is joining Mike Dunleavy in the trade to Atlanta, multiple sources confirmed to the Beacon Journal, but before the Cavaliers can complete the deal that will bring Kyle Korver to Cleveland, they are first trying to clean up some bookkeeping matters with the Portland Trail Blazers. All sides are trying to complete the trade today. The Blazers currently own the Cavs’ first-round pick in 2018 as compensation for taking on Anderson Varejao’s contract at last year’s trade deadline. It would make life much simpler – and create an extra trade chip – if General Manager David Griffin can give them his team’s 2017 pick and take back the ’18 pick. At the time, league rules prevented Griffin from trading his ’17 pick.
Chris Vivlamore: And that might happen. - RT: Eric Pincus: Technically Hawks can waive Kelly, trade for Williams and Korver, waive Mo, then re-sign Kelly, need spot for trade
“It’s tough,” said Paul Millsap, who also played with Korver in Utah. Kyle was a big reason I am here. To see him not in the locker room, it’s tough for me personally. “Kyle means so much to this team, to this organization, so much to our community. To see him go, it will be felt. His presence in the locker room, his presence in the community, it will be felt. It’s tough to see him go.”
“Kyle is one of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, the most amazing teammate you’ll ever meet. Always positive. He’s just a professional the way he approaches the game. Just that aspect alone, I learned a lot from. How to take care of your body. Faith-based man. Loves his family. Checks all the boxes. He’s one of those people that you need around you on a daily basis to keep you on the straight and narrow. When I first proposed to my now fiancee, we had long talks about that and kids, treating them right, how to be a good husband and father. Those are the conversations that you can’t put on the stat sheet. He’s just an amazing person.”
“The NBA is a great job,” Korver said. “It’s a great job. I wouldn’t have any other job. But living stability is not one of the strengths of this job. You don’t know where you are going to be tomorrow. We don’t get to plan things out. That’s just part of this great job that we get to do. Last year there was all this talk and nothing happened. Who knows? We don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors. The Hawks are going to do what is best for them. I feel like we are playing in our groove again. I feel like if we didn’t have the bad road trip out west, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It’s on us players to go out there and get wins. If you get wins, it takes care of a lot of things.”
Budenholzer would neither confirm nor deny any possible trade or that a deal was imminent. He also said trade talks have not intensified because of the Hawks’ inconsistent start to the season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Atlanta's expressing its intentions to rivals that Hawks plan to keep team intact at deadline, holding onto Horford and key guards.
In a league increasingly focused on shooting, long-range specialist Korver is another player who has attracted interest, though sources say he is less likely to leave Atlanta.
In a league increasingly focused on shooting, long-range specialist Korver is another player who has attracted interest, though sources say he is less likely to leave Atlanta. While staying the course might lead to nothing more than a second-round exit for the Hawks, the alternative demolition plan is fraught with complications.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I wouldn't say Korver is likely but it is something the #Cavs would like to do.
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He offered that with a caveat though. “I’m just reporting what I was hearing at the Combine – and that is multiple people connected to other teams, agents, etc., the chatter at that Combine, the representation of that chatter is that Zach is very much in play,” Johnson said. “Now that said, the Bulls are still very confident in their ability to re-sign Zach LaVine. Michael Reinsdorf has said it. Arturas Karnisovas has said it. They still have the power to pay him more than any other franchise.”
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“Same player,” Brown said from the first half to the second. “Just had to get settled in. That’s it. As the game wears on, some of that energy, some of that intensity starts to wear off, so the game opens up a little bit. The game opened up for me in the second half. “I didn’t want to get down. I didn’t want to look into the past, think that this game was over. My team needed me to come out and respond. “First half was s—. Threw it away. [Just] come out, play basketball in the second half.”
Boston’s path to this moment has not been the idyllic storybook tale — at least not yet — but it has been awfully effective just the same. “The mental stress and strain we put on some teams with our defense has worked and carried us through the playoffs at times,” Udoka said. “You saw in the Brooklyn [Nets] series, guys started to wear down. Game 7, [Giannis] Antetokounmpo slowed down some. But having all those bodies to continue to throw at people wears down on them.”