Kyle Korver is a phenomenal three point shooter. The acquisition of Korver helps fill a need on the perimeter for the Cavaliers after the team lost perimeter shooter J.R. Smith and big man Chris Andersen to injuries.
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a protected future first-round selection, reported ESPN.
With this trade, Cleveland closes the gap between league favorite team the Golden State Warriors, who acquired Kevin Durant last summer.
In a public statement, Cavs general manager David Griffin said,
“We are extremely pleased to be able to add a player and person the caliber of Kyle Korver to our Cavs family.”
It’s no question to Griffin that Korver is one the best shooters in the league and among the most “dynamic 3-point shooters in NBA history”. Even LeBron James weighed in on the trade by adding that Korver “adds another dynamic piece to our team” and described Korver as a “hell of a sharpshooter”.
The 35-year-old Korver is earning $5.2 million this season in his last year of his Hawk’s contract. His statistics are also unreal shooting 40.9 percent on 3-pointers. He was clearly an All-Star in 2015.
According to CBS Sports, for three straight years, Cleveland’s front office with little financial capabilities has made drastic improvements to the team in the midseason. In 2015, GM David Griffin scored J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks and also found space for Timofey Mozgov.
Sports analysts cited these moves as crucial and likely the reason the Cavs managed to even get to the NBA Finals despite injuries from key players.
These injuries are a major concern to the Cavs, who have struggled with them in the past. Kyle Korver allows the Cleveland team to be “better equipped to withstand potential injuries in the playoffs”, reports CBS.
Ultimately, this trade is a huge game changer for the Cavs as well as the league as the superstar team keeps their eyes on making the NBA Finals and winning again.