Shooting guard Kyle Korver will soon be in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.
The Atlanta Hawks sent Korver, a three-point specialist, to the Cavs for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a 2019 first-round draft pick. The two teams, who reached a tentative agreement on the terms of the deal on Thursday, completed the trade call on Saturday.
This gives Cleveland – already one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league – another long-distance threat and adds depth to an injury-depleted roster. Though Korver had a slow start to the 2016-17 season and was moved from the starting lineup to the bench, he is shooting 40.9% on threes, including 43.3% in 11 games as a reserve.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to add a player and person the caliber of Kyle Korver to our Cavs family,” Cavaliers GM David Griffin said in a statement. “Among the most prolific and dynamic three-point shooters in NBA history, a selfless, and team first competitor, Kyle brings all of the elements of Cavs DNA that we covet on and off the floor. We look forward to welcoming Kyle, his wife, Juliet and their three children to Northeast Ohio and are certain our fans will embrace them with open arms.”
Since becoming a reserve, Korver has also increased his scoring from 8.5 points per game as a starter to 11.5 points per game in the same amount of minutes. His rebounding and assists averages are also up since he was replaced in the starting lineup. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue plans to use Korver as a reserve.
By trading two players and getting one back, Cleveland also opened a roster spot, giving them the flexibility to add another player. LeBron James made it clear on Friday that he wants another point guard on the roster.
Griffin, who has done an excellent job making additions to a team above the luxury tax, might also be on the lookout for wing defender.
Putting Korver on the floor with James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin and Love and Channing Frye gives Cleveland even more offensive firepower. The Cavs are second in the league in three-point shooting percentage (39.1%) and second in made threes per game (12.9).
Korver is in the final season of a four-year, $24 million contract.
In his 15th season, Dunleavy has averaged 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists with Golden State, Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland.
Williams, a 13-year veteran, has appeared in 818 career games with Utah, Milwaukee, Cleveland, L.A. Clippers, Utah, Portland, Minnesota and Charlotte, averaging 13.9 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
The 2019 first-round draft pick headed the Hawks is top-10 protected in 2019 and 2020.