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The Cleveland Cavaliers have directly killed Kyle Korver by allegedly trafficking him for Utah Jazz on Wednesday In the locker room of the Cavaliers the move was not popular.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski brought word that Cleveland had sent Korver to Utah in exchange for guard Alec Burks and two future second-round picks. Hours later, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported that several Cavs players were "upset" by the news as Korver was one of the team's best three-point threats.
However, at least one veteran knows that the business comes first in the NBA.
"At the end of the day, it's a business and everyone can move," Tristan Thompson told Vardon. "If the trade is right and sums up, then someone can be moved, unless you have a no-trade clause, I do not know who's got it, so the only two who are safe in the NBA are Bron and Steph Curry Everyone else can move you, all you can do is control what you can control, kick in, play hard every day, do your job, and do not get into trouble. "
It is important to know that Korver's move was part of a gentleman's agreement that had previously been met by the Guard and the organization. According to Vardon, when Korver signed a $ 22-million three-year contract with the Cavs in July 2017, he either asked the team to trade it or buy it out if LeBron James left a free agency in the summer of 2018 [19659-04] Well, James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last July – but the Cavs had yet to get their approval. That changed on Wednesday.
After James leaves and Kevin Love is injured, Cleveland (4-16) is in clear recovery mode. Coach Tyronn Lue was released after a 0-6 start. One of them where he and the organization had no idea how to allocate minutes per vardon. Eventually, Lue lost his job, and JR Smith has since left the team.
Korver was the next domino who fell.
When Cleveland tried to become young this season, the 37-year-old Korver saw a dramatic decline in minutes. His 15.7 minutes per game were the lowest since his 2003/04 rookie season.
Korver's perimeter shoot played an important role in helping the Cavs reach the finals in each of the last two seasons. Despite a reduced role this season, he still shot 46.3 percent from outside the arc in 16 games. This will not be easy to replace for a rebuilding squad, though Cleveland (36.2 percent) is eighth in three-point shooting this season.
Fighting a reliable three-point shooter makes it harder for an already difficult team to win games. And according to Vardon, this is part of the reason some players find it hard to swallow.
While there are some in the cavalier's locker room who may be mad at the bargain, Korver can not be too excited. He not only goes to a team with playoff aspirations, but also returns to a place he played from 2007 to 2010. Utah is the place where he met his current wife.
That means leaving Cleveland is not the case for the veteran straightforward.
"I think I'm very grateful for my time in Cleveland overall," Korver told Vardon. Incredible teammates, relationships that I take with me for the rest of my life, the fans really hugged me and my family, I've never heard so many fans say "thank you" for harder moments, Cleveland fans are it for which you want to play. "
Utah (31.9 percent) is ranked 28th in round shooting. Adding one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history should help fix a blatant weakness, and could help jazz (10-12) track down its season.