The Nets were a below-average 3-point shooting team last season, and their 3-point percentage plummeted to a lowly 31.6 percent a first-round loss to the Bulls.
Paul Pierce should help, but Brooklyn could use even more outside shooting. Not only would it add points from a very efficient area, it would help space the floor.
Enter Kyle Korver, one of only two players who shot at least 41 percent on 3-points in each of the last four seasons. The other, Stephen Curry, isn’t available, so Korver must do, and apparently he will.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
With the taxpayer mid-level exception, the Nets can offer Korver a three-year contract worth just shy of $10 million total – $3,183,000, $3,326,235 and $3,469,470 in each of the next three seasons.
I’d think Korver, who made $5 million each of the last three years, can get a bigger offer elsewhere, but maybe he wants to join a potential contender. It certainly can’t hurt that the Nets have his one-time Jazz teammate and dodgeball partner, Deron Williams. This is definitely a reunion I can get excited about.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.