Kyle Korver Reportedly to Be Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2017

OMAHA, NE - OCTOBER 20: Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls on October 20, 2016 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Joe Robbins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Although the Atlanta Hawks are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, they have reportedly found a new home for Kyle Korver.

Continue for updates.


Hawks Reportedly Trading Korver to Cleveland

Thursday, Jan. 5 

Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the Hawks are finalizing a deal to send Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com confirmed the report. 

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported former second-round pick Cedi Osman could be a player coming back to Atlanta.

However, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders added that Mo Williams and a "heavily protected" first-round pick will be the return package. Wojnarowski also noted that shooting guard Mike Dunleavy, Jr. would head to a third team via the Hawks. 

According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein, the Hawks were open to trading Korver, Thabo Sefolosha and Paul Millsap, all of whom can become free agents during the offseason.

The 35-year-old Korver is averaging 9.5 points per game this season and shooting 40.9 percent from downtown, which is up from his 39.9 percent rate last year but well down from the sizzling 49.2 percent he shot in 2014-15.

Korver is in the midst of his fifth season with the Hawks after previous stints with the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls.

He is among the most prolific three-point shooters in NBA history, as he ranks eighth in both career trifectas made and career three-point shooting percentage.

The 2015 NBA All-Star's numbers have dropped off over the past couple of seasons, however, after averaging 12-plus points per contest in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

While Atlanta entered play Thursday fifth in the Eastern Conference at 19-16, their hopes of contending with a healthy Cleveland Cavaliers team appear to be slim.

That could compel them to sell off some other pieces prior to the trade deadline rather than lose assets for nothing during the offseason.

Korver is still a valuable role player due to his ability to knock down open shots, and he could be a key addition to Cleveland.

   

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