THE rich appears to be getting richer as defending NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers are set to land the services of sharpshooter Kyle Korver in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks.
According to The Vertical's Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs have reached an agreement with the Hawks in a trade to acquire guard Korver. The deal has yet to be finalized but sources told Wojnarowski the Cavs will send Mo Williams, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and a 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks in the trade.
Sources also said there is a possibility of a third team being involved, which would be Dunleavy’s likely destination.
Korver is expected to improve the Cavaliers’ perimeter shooting and depth. The 35-year old swingman will also fill the gap in the absence of starting shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is out for 10 to 14 weeks after thumb surgery.
Playing 32 games so far this season, the 6-foot-7 Korver has averaged 9.5 points and shot 40.9 percent on 3-pointers.
Sources also said the Hawks are also looking to move Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha as both players approach free agency next season.
Korver sat out the Hawks' 99-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. But he bared after the game that he had an emotional meeting with Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, and spoke as if hinting the deal is done.
"There's definitely mixed emotions. There's a lot of hard ties to Atlanta, for a lot of reasons. A lot of friendships, relationships. It's where I had my best basketball years, honestly. It's where I had all my kids. It's hard to leave that behind," he told reporters after the Hawks win.
"Obviously it's a great opportunity for me to go to Cleveland. So I'm very excited about that part of it. But there's a lot of relationships that I care about here that I'm gonna miss. From a basketball perspective, [Cleveland is] a great, great fit for me. And I know that," added Korver.