It’s official: Kyle Korver is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs announced the deal in a press release on Saturday. As previously reported, Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a 2019 first round pick are headed to Atlanta. Cleveland is also sending unspecified cash considerations to the Hawks. The deal was first reported two days ago.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to add a player and person the caliber of Kyle Korver to our Cavs family,” said Griffin in the release distributed by the team. “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.”
Korver, in his 14th NBA season, is currently averaging 9.5 points and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 40.9 percent from three. For his career, he’s an 42.9 percent three-point shooter with the Hawks, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers. He turns 36 in March and will be a free agent this summer.
With the Cavs, Korver will come off the bench. For the past few years, he has mostly been a starter with the Hawks. This year, especially of late, he’s come off the bench. At this time, it’s not known what number he will wear for the Cavs. For most of his career, he has worn No. 26 - a number no Cavalier has ever worn.
Korver’s arrival, in addition to Dunleavy and Williams’ exists, means the Cavs now have an open roster spot. It also means that Jordan McRae and DeAndre Liggins, whose contracts become guaranteed on Jan. 10, are now likely safe from being waived.
Korver’s debut has not yet been set. It is possible that he joins the team Sunday prior to their game against the Phoenix Suns, but a debut Tuesday in Utah seems more likely