Kyle Korver Takes Leave of Absence from Cavaliers After Brother's Death

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver (26) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Phoenix. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 129-107. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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On Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced Kyle Korver will take a leave of absence from the team after his brother, Kirk, died.

"We are very sad to share that Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver's brother, Kirk, passed away today," the team's statement read. "Kyle has been excused from the team to be with his family. We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time."

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com noted Kirk Korver was just 27 years old and "became seriously ill last week."

Korver missed Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls to be with his brother, although he returned for Monday's contest against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Cavaliers will be without Korver on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.

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