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Kyle Korver Trade Rumors: Market 'Initiated' by Cavaliers Amid Team's Struggles

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver shoots a free throw during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly looking to move veteran shooting guard Kyle Korver.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs have "initiated testing the trade market" for Korver after teams showed interest in him during the summer.

Korver was reportedly told two games into the season that he was out of Cleveland's rotation, but he has since been put back into the lineup.

In Tuesday's 136-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Korver played 15 minutes and scored just three points.

The 37-year-old is having his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign in 2003-04, as he is averaging 5.5 points, 1.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds in six games while shooting just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

He is also playing just 15.2 minutes per game this season after averaging 20 or more in each of the past eight seasons.

Korver has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Cavs after previously playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

For the bulk of his career, Korver has been considered one of the NBA's premier three-point shooters.

He ranks fourth in NBA history with 2,218 career three-pointers made, and his three-point field goal percentage of 43.1 percent is seventh on the all-time list.

The one-time All-Star may be a specialist, but there are few players in NBA history better at stepping off the bench and pouring in trifectas.

Korver's contract is partially guaranteed for 2019-20 before he can become a free agent in 2020.

Aside from his leadership and experience, Korver isn't much help to a 1-6 Cavs team that is looking to utilize its younger players.

Korver could be a major asset for a playoff contender, but it isn't likely the Cavaliers will get much in return in a trade given his age and contract status.

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