Kyle Korver Is Exactly What the Denver Nuggets Need
The Denver Nuggets have a roster that is relatively set in stone, but they're looking at Kyle Korver to fix the little three-point problem (Via Denver Post) that they've fought against all season long.
While improvement beyond what they have right now is unlikely for this season, the Nuggets are already looking forward to next season and fixing a few of their obvious problems, which is a terrific start to improving an already terrific team.
Denver has skated by all season long, as their up-tempo style of play has yielded a ton of points, while their athletic defense has been good enough to put them in the top four teams in the Western Conference.
What's evident is that they don't have a player they can call a true spot-up shooter, as their team shoots an anemic 34 percent from downtown.
Wilson Chandler has been a nice option, but he's spent his time this season as an above-average three-point shooter who is shooting a full seven percent above his career average.
Danilo Gallinari has been coming on as of late, but he's truly more of a "flow of the offense" kind of shooter, and not a guy who can stand and shoot on command.
Jordan Hamilton and Evan Fournier are burgeoning young players, but they're nowhere near the reliable shooters that the up-tempo, scoring-dependent Denver offense needs.
What they need is the true spot-up type shooter that championship teams have relied upon for many years in the past: the Steve Kerr that Chicago and San Antonio have relied on in the past, the Bruce Bowen, the three-peating Lakers' Derek Fisher, the John Paxson style player that can just knock down shots.
Kyle Korver is that guy.
He's already lead the league in three-point shooting percentage once in his career, putting together the best three-point shooting season of all-time at 53.6 percent, and he's on his way to doing it again this season.
The only problem that is going to arise beyond this season is the construction of the roster moving forward and what kind of money they'll have to spend over the summer.
Andre Iguodala is due nearly $16 million on a player option which, if exercised, would put the Nuggets at $72 million in salary for 2013-14.
This season the luxury tax line was set just above $70 million, which means teams only had full use of their $5 million mid-level exception if their entire salary stayed below a $4 million apron of $74 million.
In other words, Denver would have to trim a few million bucks off their payroll if they were to offer Korver the $5 million that he's making this season. Otherwise, the most they've got to put on the table is $3.09 million.
Would Korver sign for that? It depends on what he wants.
If he wants to get another solid contract, then Denver may have to scramble for a sign-and-trade if they truly want Korver.
If he wants to play for a team that could contend for a championship, he could turn the Denver Nuggets into just that.
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