The first big trade happened in the NBA in 2017 and we have tectonic movement in the Eastern Conference. The Atlanta Hawks traded Kyle Korver to Cleveland, while Mike Dunleavy, Jr. and 2019 first-round pick rights went in the opposite direction. Dunleavy will probably go to some other team in order for Atlanta to free up some money for their salary cap.
The Cavaliers were hoping for Kyle Korver because they lost JR Smith for at least two, maybe three months. Now they have an excellent shooter to fill in the blank.
Two years ago he played in the All-Star match as a part of Atlanta’s starting lineup and this year he’s averaging a little less than 10 points per game.
The reigning champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers strengthen their rotation with Korver because after the Josh Smith injury it was obvious that they lost some of their 3-point shot sharpness. Mike Dunleavy, Jr., James Jones and Jordan McRae didn’t perform well when playing and something had to be done about that.
Korver, who is now 35-years-old, was drafted in 2003 as 51st pick overall. He was selected by the New Jersey Nets but he was immediately traded to Philadelphia 76ers, where he played for 4 years. From 2007 until 2010, he played for the Utah Jazz, and from 2010 to 2012 he played for the Chicago Bulls. He went to Atlanta where he made it to the All-Star game in 2015.
He won the NBA sportsmanship award the same year. Throughout his career, he played 996 games averaging 10 points, with 42.9% from behind the three-point line.
He’s known as one of the best shooters in the NBA.
We could expect the Atlanta Hawks to make some structural changes in their roster. Everybody from their all-star starting lineup in 2015, except for Paul Milsap, were traded or left the Hawks.
This year something was missing in Hawks performance, as they failed to meet their expectations and underachieved from the beginning of the season. The chemistry on the court was gone, and their executives reacted with a huge change.
Ahead of them is a great challenge and we will see how they deal with it.