Kyle Korver is on his way to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Atlanta Hawks are shipping him to Ohio in a package rumored to contain Mo Williams, Mike Dunleavy, and a protected pick. Korver was given the news as he was warming up for Thursday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, and wound up sitting out the game.
After the Hawks put the Pelicans away, 99-94, Korver took media availability and talked about the trade, his experience in Georgia, and how difficult it would be to move on from the Hawks organization.
The whole video is worth watching, but among Korver’s main points were how well he thought he would fit in Cleveland from a basketball perspective, how attached he was to the team in Atlanta, and how incredible the recent run of success had been for the team.
Korver, 35, had been in Atlanta since 2012 and was a crucial part of the 2014-15 team that won 60 games, good enough for first in the Eastern Conference.
That was also the year that the entire Hawks starting lineup was made player of the month in January.
It’s got to be disappointing for Hawks fans to lose such a great player, both statistically and emotionally. Rumors have Paul Millsap also on the trading block, with a new era in Atlanta basketball about to begin as the team tries to refresh things.
Meanwhile, Korver is sure to pack a punch for a Cavaliers squad that is already second in the league in both 3-pointers made per-game and 3-point percentage.
Korver is shooting 41 percent from deep on the year on 2.7 attempts per-game.