Korver was on “The Rematch” with Etan Thomas on Basketball News recently and discussed his current status. “It’s a good question; I’m not sure. After the bubble, it was such a quick turnaround and I didn’t feel like I had really prepared for another season. I believe in honoring the game,” Korver told Thomas on the podcast. “I don’t want to take a up a spot on a team [if I’m not ready to play]. I didn’t feel like I had really put in that time and that work. I have not signed any [retirement] paperwork yet, so… But I don’t know, it also feels good. It’s a conversation that I have with my wife on most days, so we’ll see… I don’t know, I’m not sure.”
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To what extent have you had talks about signing with an NBA team this season? Korver: “I’m not sure. I’ve talked to a few teams about it. Coming out of the bubble, I believe in honoring the game. I believe you honor the season with a good offseason. Coming out of the bubble with the quick turnaround, I didn’t feel I really did that. So I don’t want to cheat the game. If I want to go play, I want to go play well. I haven’t signed any paperwork. My wife asks me this question every day. It’s one I have a hard time finding my exact words for. So I haven’t signed paperwork yet. I’ve enjoyed being with my family, and it’s been a challenging season across the board for the league and for the players. But we’ll see. I don’t know.”
While mulling whether he will pursue extending his 17-year NBA career, Korver has committed toward making regular appearances on TNT’s “The Arena,” an NBA show that includes host Cari Champion and various guests talking in depth about social justice topics. After debuting last summer, “The Arena” will air on Thursday this month before TNT’s NBA games.
You have a one-year deal with the Bucks. Are people asking about your future? Kyle Korver: It’s a year-by-year thing. There are so many factors that go in to it now. You want to go out on your own terms. You don’t want to go out because your body quit on you or because you broke down and can’t play anymore. And that all sounds really good, but it’s another thing to say, “this is it” — to make that choice. Because that is a thing. This is something you’ve done your whole life. But I have young kids; it’s not like I’m going to stop playing basketball and think my glory days are done. I’m excited about the rest of my life.
Five months ago, Korver, 38, wasn’t sure if he would continue to play professional basketball. After the Utah Jazz were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs, he said he was mulling retirement. “I was beat up at the end of last season and I didn’t feel like I was able to play the way that I wanted to, so I just didn’t want it to be like that again,” Korver said Tuesday. “But I still love the game. I still love competing and I still feel like I can offer something. So as long as my family can do it, I want to keep going.”
Marc Stein: Kyle Korver said after the season that he would mull retirement but one source with knowledge of his thinking said today that Korver, 38, is likely to play another season and maybe even two
On Thursday during his meeting with the media, Korver acknowledged that he will entertain this summer the possibility of retiring. The 38-year-old Korver has a year remaining on his contract, but it is nonguaranteed for next season. “There’s a real cost as you get older,” he said of playing professional basketball. “There’s what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at is weighing that cost.”
Korver said that, “I think I still love playing basketball,” but it’s been a “long few years” for him with the unexpected 2018 passing of his brother Kirk, the fact he has young children, multiple trades and heartbreak coming up short of a championship in the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As such, he said he’ll sit down with his wife and family and make the decision at some point.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kyle Korver said he contemplated retirement this summer following an incredibly difficult few months on and off the court.
“I was done,” Korver said Monday afternoon at Media Day. “I was just done. I took a good chunk of time and kind of got away from the game and really evaluated a lot of things and tried to decide if I still had the desire to play. Talking to my wife, my family, look at my kids, you know, we didn’t really talk it through anything yet, but just tried to get a good feel for where they’re at in life and after doing all that, I wanted to come back and I still wanted to play, still love the game and so I’m excited to be back.”
After some heart-to-heart chats with his family, Korver determined he was ready to come back, ready to take on this new challenge. “I think really I needed to have the blessing of my wife and family,” Korver said. “You guys hear this too, surely, you’re schedules are tough as well and the older I get, there’s a family cost to continuing to play. It’s a real thing. So once I felt like my family was in a spot where, even though we went through what we went through, we’re good, we can keep going, that gave me the freedom to really decide for myself if I still love the game or not, if I wanted to put the work in. I don’t want to just come here and just be around. I want to come here and work, play well, make shots, win games. It’s a lot but once my family was good, shortly after that, I still have the desire.”
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Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward Yuta Watanabe (YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay) to a standard NBA contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.
Hasheem Thabeet is looking to make an NBA comeback, his agent Jerry Dianis told me on Saturday. The 7’3″ big-man just won MVP honors while playing in Taiwan for the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers. “Bottom line Hasheem Thabeet was given a opportunity, and he killed it,” Dianis told me. “MVP performance with career highs in points, rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals. Thabeet averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
3. Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes): The 6-foot-5 Serbian guard has his draft rights retained currently by the Thunder. While some have speculated he could make the jump to the NBA, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, denied having talks with any clubs for next season at this time. Still, Micic has drawn the attention of NBA teams with his play. “He’s almost an elite passer,” one NBAscout told HoopsHype. “He’s a good shooter, both on and off the dribble. He’s not athletic but has enough strength after his first step to get at the rim once he gets a runway. He’s very smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts.”