Storyline: Alec Burks Trade?

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He’s eligible to be traded in mid-December, and if he can repeat even a fraction of Wednesday’s performance with regularity, Burks could become an attractive February deadline target for a playoff team in need of some bench punch. Because Burks is on the minimum, salary matching isn’t necessary. Teams could just absorb the rest of his deal without sending back a player. If anyone becomes willing to part with even a second-rounder to get Burks, the Warriors — in asset-collection mode and eventually in need of a roster spot, for either Damion Lee or another younger option — would have to listen.

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There is no reason for the Cavs not to trade him. Really, he was acquired from the Jazz for Korver in December in large part because of his contract — it’s such a tradable commodity. They should move him for the best offer they get now because he’s a free agent at season’s end. He’s a capable player, yes, but at age 27 he hasn’t shown enough to warrant a new contract from Cleveland in this rebuild. A nice player, but not a cornerstone. What he thinks: “I don’t want to be traded, but we’ll see what happens. It ain’t up to me. I can’t dwell on something that ain’t happenin’. Just have to wait and see. I like being around my teammates. They’ve shown me so much love, why would I want to leave?”

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has acquired guard/forward Kyle Korver, pending the outcome of physicals, from Cleveland, in exchange for guard Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks. Currently in his 16th NBA season, Korver (6-7, 212, Creighton) has appeared in 1,120 career games (422 starts) with Philadelphia, Utah, Chicago, Atlanta and Cleveland, owning averages of 9.9 points on 44.4 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from three-point range, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.0 minutes per contest. Named an All-Star during the 2014-15 season, the Pella, Iowa native currently ranks fourth all-time in NBA history for three-point field goals made (2,238). Along with Stephen Curry and Ray Allen, Korver is one of only three players in NBA history to hit over 2000 three-point field goals on better than 40 percent from beyond the arc in their career.

NBA players are usually adept in tuning out rumors. They know it comes with the territory. There’s a business side to playing in the league and they know it. Social media? Outside chatter? It usually doesn’t bother them. For the Jazz, it has been a little more difficult. With the NBA’s trade deadline three weeks away, Utah’s roster could change — perhaps dramatically — in the near future. Derrick Favors knows he may be traded soon. Alec Burks, Joe Johnson, and even Rodney Hood, have all been identified as possible trade pieces in recent reports. The uncertainty, the injuries, the losing have taken a toll. The Jazz locker room has not been an especially happy place in recent weeks, and some of that unhappiness has seeped onto the floor. Simply, it’s tough to have multiple players on a team mentioned in trade talk and not have a residual effect.
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