After a season and a half in Cleveland, it looks like the Cavaliers are moving on from Kyle Korver. According to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com, they are shopping the 37-year-old shooter.
“I hear the Cavs are looking to move Korver. He has a contract for $7.5 million this season. In 2019-2020, he also has a $7.5 million deal with $3.4 million guaranteed.”
We’re just spit-balling here, but he could certainly help the Los Angeles Lakers. After adding LeBron James, they also went out and got Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee. Neither of them are reliable long-range shooters. Korver still is, however. Last season he shot 43.6 percent from long range while attempting 5.2 three-point shots per game.
At this point in his career, Korver is primarily a bench player. But it’s never bad to have that type of shooting. Especially if you’re a contender. If he doesn’t land on the Lakers, he should still have a handful of suitors. Despite averaging just 21.6 minutes per game last season, his per 36 minutes scoring average was an impressive 15.4 points per game. It’d be foolish for many teams to pass that up.
The Cavaliers are looking to reset after losing James, which makes perfect sense. Offloading Korver is smart from that standpoint. We don’t even know if the Cavaliers are a playoff team without James. It’s far too early to say either way. LeBron might be willing to let the process play out in Los Angeles, but he still needs shooters around him. And right now we have no idea what the Lakers are planning. Adding James was a great start, but bringing in Rondo, Stephenson and McGee made us scratch our heads. Korver is still in tremendous shape. He could probably play for a few more years if he really wanted to.
So, where does his future lie?