CLEVELAND, OH (TM216) — Another sharpshooter on his way to Cleveland? Did Cavs General Manager David Griffin just pull another rabbit out of the hat? He sure did.
According to Yahoo Sports and several other sources, Cleveland is currently close to a deal with marksman guard Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks. In return, the Cavs are sending a 2019 protected first-round pick and Mike Dunleavy.
The deal has not been confirmed by either team and Dunleavy could land anywhere, depending on if another team gets in on the deal.
The Cavs are currently second in the league in three-point shooting (39.1%) and second in made threes per game (12.9).
This move at the quarter point of the season indicates that the Cavaliers, even though at the top of the Eastern Conference, are willing to drastically change the rotation of the team to continue to improve an already amp three-point arsenal. The Cavs have been hit hard with injuries to several key players and are willing to continue to dive into the trade market.
Korver brings an additional weapon for superstar LeBron James to dish out to, but still leaves open the backup point guard spot on the roster. Many available names like guard Mario Chalmers, Deron Williams, and Jarrett Jack, are just some free agents that the Cavs could look at.
Korver gives the Cavs the ability to score at an even higher rate, although he did struggle with his shot as a starter with the Hawks, Coach Mike Budenholzer moved him to the bench and he thrived. Korver is average three more points (11.5) as a reserve and shooting a blistering 43% on threes.
The timing… could have been better for this guy…
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the story first.
(PHOTO COURTESY TWITTER: KYLE KORVER)