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Kyle Korver on trade to Cavs: “It’s a great opportunity for me” (VIDEO)

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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.

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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.

Jazz boost international bona fides with new minor-league coach

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.

Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.

Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.

Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.

The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.

Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 with Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.

The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.

In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.

 

PBT Extra: Cavaliers’ new GM aces first big test with Kyrie Irving trade

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Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.

New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.

That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.

First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.

Cavaliers-Celtics deal first offseason trade involving players who just met in NBA Finals or conference finals

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The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.

Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

That seemed odd.

In fact, it’s unprecedented.

That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron Jamescachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.

Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.