The youth movement is on for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they have begun to gauge the trade market for Kyle Korver.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has reported that the Cavs are circling back on some of the trade talks they had this past summer regarding the veteran sharpshooter:
Meanwhile, the Cavs have initiated testing the trade market for guard Kyle Korver in the past several days, sources said. There was some trade interest in Korver last summer, and the Cavs are circling back on those talks.
One of the more public potential trade partners for Korver this past summer was the Philadephia 76ers. The rumored deal was for the Sixers to flip Jarred Bayless for Korver, a move that seemed a little puzzling at the time.
Bayless wouldn’t do anything to help the Cavs financially or on the court, so any potential move with the Sixers would likely need to contain an additional asset of some sort. Maybe Philly would be willing to part with Cedi Osman’s national team teammate Furkan Korkmaz in such a deal. As rumors of Korkmaz wanting out of Philly and to a situation where he would receive more playing time also have come out on Tuesday evening.
That being said, Cleveland will need to be realistic in their expectations for any Korver deal. The 37-year-old wing can fill a need for many teams that require shooting, but comes with limitations to his game.
A second round pick, no long-term salary, or a flier on a potential prospect would be about the best the Cavs could realistically hope for in exchange for him. With the real motive behind any potential deal being the increased opportunity it would create for others on the roster, plus rewarding Korver by getting him to a better situation.