Cavaliers Trade Kyle Korver to Jazz


Though the team is excited about the return of Kyle Korver (who played in Utah from 2007-2010), they're sad to see Burks go.

Korver has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers since a trade in the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season, and has been in the finals each of the last two seasons.

Ahead of the Utah Jazz's tipoff against the Brooklyn Nets, Alec Burks broke the news to his teammates that he had just been traded.

This season, he had appeared in 17 games for the Jazz - all off the bench - and averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

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Per Spotrac, Korver has one season remaining on the three-year, $22 million contract he previously signed with the Cavs. As a team, the Jazz are near the bottom in 3 point shooting percentage.

The picks will be in 2020 and 2021, the 2021 pick is via the Washington Wizards. And Korver's departure marks yet another change for Cleveland, who not only lost James, but had to fire head coach Tyronn Lue after a poor 0-6 start while J.R. Smith has left the team to plan an outgoing trade.

Korver's contract calls for him to earn $7.5 million this season. He is a great shooter, in fact in one of his seasons in Utah he shot his career high 3pt% at 54% during the 09-10 season. With Utah now 9-12 and expected to make a run at a playoff spot out West, he not only gets to do that, but his family gets to return to a place that they are familiar with, all while the Cavs received a solid return in the trade as well.

Besides for the fiscal advantage of no longer paying Korver, the Cavs have picked up some much-needed draft capital with the two second round picks.