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Cleveland Cavaliers: Talkin 'about what's behind the Kyle Korver trade – Terry Pluto

ABOUT KYLE KORVER 1. The Cavaliers were hopeful of finding a team willing to trade a first-round pick for Kyle…

ABOUT KYLE KORVER

1. The Cavaliers were hopeful of finding a team willing to trade a first-round pick for Kyle Korver. Mens den marked for den 37-årige 3-punkts shooter var aktiv, tilsyneladende ingen hold var villig til at deltage i en første-round pick.

2. The Cavs could have waited to deal Korver. Men venter kunne have skabt et andet problem. Korver has been battling foot issues for a few years. He missed two games in the middle of November with the injury. He sat out nine in 2017-18. It’s not major, but he has to be careful.

3. Korver had a 22-point game Monday in the Cavs’ loss in Minnesota. He still can shoot. He remains the consummate pro. That’s why some of the Cavaliers reportedly were not thrilled with Korver being traded to Utah. He can shoot and he’s a class act.

4. The Cavs wanted to deal Korver now while he is healthy and playing well. It’s stunning how he remains so productive at 37. But as LeBron James likes to say, “Father Time is undefeated.” Injury can strike older players at any moment.

5. The first part of the deal was this: Korver to Utah for second-round picks in 2020 and 2021

. Second-round picks are almost dismissed by some teams. Others like to have them because some gold can be found in that round.

6. Korver was a second-round pick in 2003. Yes, that was the LeBron James draft. I looked at second-round picks between 2013-18 to see if there was much value. The best was Nikola Jokic, averaging 16.4 points and 9.8 rebounds for Denver.

7. Here are some familiar names to Cavs fans: Jordan Clarkson, a scorer off the bench. He was a second-round pick in 2014. Also in 2014, Joe Harris, now averaging 13 points for Brooklyn.

8. Cedi Osman was the first pick in the 2015 second round by Minnesota. He was traded to the Cavs for Tyus Jones. Osman played in Europe until 2017, then joined the Cavs last season. He is starting for the Cavs this season.

9. There are far more misses than hits in the second round, but I like having second-round picks – especially with a young, rebuilding team such as the Cavs. They also can be used as part of another trade.

10. The Cavs wanted to find a team where Korver would be happy. He’s been playing in Utah before (2007-10). Here is what Korver told the Utah media: “Being somewhere where there’s familiarity is a huge deal to come back. Vet at vi har fått mange mennesker i Utah i organisasjonen, men også udenfor, det har bare mildet eller hjulpet soften landingen for oss. That’s important to me but then also to come to a good basketball team. “

11. The key piece for the Cavs is former Utah guard Alec Burks, who was pleased by the deal. He is a solid scorer. His $ 11.5 million contract is what the Cavs wanted most. It expires at the end of the season. That could make it very attractive to a team with salary cap issues.

12. It’s easy to be sucked into the salary cap swamp. Men en aftale ville fungere som dette: Anta at et team hadde en dårlig kontrakt det ønsker å dump. Think of what the L.A. Clippers did in 2011. They wanted to get rid of the contract of Baron Davis. The Cavs added it by trading Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. Men de har også krævet (og mottatt) et ubeskyttet første rundevalg fra Clippers.

13. Davis was later cut by the Cavs and walked away with $ 30 million. He played 15 games for the Cavs. The pick added by the Cavs became Kyrie Irving. That probably ended the days of a team trading an unprotected first-round pick.

14. Men Cavs kan bruke Burks i en aftale for at tilføje en fremtidig første-rounder beskyttet (1-10). That was the exact type of first-round pick the Cavs traded to Atlanta for Kyle Korver. By the way, Mo Williams was also part of that trade.

15. Just as Korver was well-liked and respected in Cleveland, the same was true of Burks with his Utah teammates. Burks is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard. He was averaging 8.4 points in 16 minutes a game, shooting .412 from the field and .372 on 3 pointers.

16. Is it possible the 27-year-old Burks can impress the Cavs enough for them to want to keep him? That’s a very long shot. Burks is motivated to play well because he is headed to free agency. If the Cavs really like Burks, they still can trade him to a team needing salary cap relief – and then sign him again in the summer.

17. Burks played in Utah with George Hill and Rodney Hood. The Cavs knows he will be a good influence on the team, even if his stay is short. The Cavs are going younger. More moves are coming. They traded so many draft picks during the LeBron Era, they want to make deals to bring some back.

18. J.R. Smith remains at home as the Cavs look to trade him. That will not be easy because Smith is owed $ 17 million on his contract and he has been in major decline for two seasons. With Kevin Love, the only player active on the Cavs from the 2016 title team is Tristan Thompson.

19. Thompson has impressed the Cavs, averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds, shooting .524 from the field. His defense has been solid. He has been very upbeat. At the age of 27, he has emerged as one of the team’s leaders.

20. The injury to Love and the terrible start to the season quickly took away any illusions the front office had of making the playoffs. The rebuild is roaring along, and more trades (George Hill) are likely to come soon. I hear the Cavs already had some calls from teams acquiring about Burks in a deal.

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