KYLE Korver’s five-year stint with the Atlanta Hawks ended after his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers was officially announced on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). And the team’s official Twitter account gave a touching, witty tribute to the veteran sharpshooter on Sunday.
In his 15-year NBA career, Korver flourished in Atlanta where he had his best years as a pro, even becoming an All-Star in 2015. He also averaged career-highs in points (10.9), threes made (2.5), and three-point percentage (45.2 percent) with the Hawks, and the team’s Twitter account came up with a ‘Korver Kounter,’ marking each triple with a fire emoji.
On Sunday, the @ATLHawks officially retired the ‘Korver Kounter’ in fitting fashion, thanking the former Hawks sniper’s contribution to the team’s success during his stay through Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” aptly playing in the background of the 29-second long clip. Here's the short but sweet Korver Kounter retirement video.
Tonight we officially put the Korver Kounter into retirement: pic.twitter.com/L1ZTx2a2o3— HaWWWWWWks (@ATLHawks) January 8, 2017
The trade, though, has encountered a hiccup Sunday as Mike Dunleavy, part of the package Cleveland sent along with Mo Williams and a 2019 first round pick for Korver, has reportedly asked for a buyout and has not reported to the Hawks, league sources told ESPN.
As a result, Korver flew with the Cavs to their game in Phoenix but did not see action and is still ineligible to join Cleveland until the issue with Dunleavy is resolved.