The Cleveland Cavaliers no longer are an NBA championship contender now that LeBron James has left as a free agent, so could we see their front office trade veterans for young players and/or draft picks?
Kyle Korver is one such veteran. The 37-year-old forward, acquired by the Cavs from the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 2017 NBA trade deadline, could be an excellent addition to a contending team that needs to upgrade its outside shooting.
Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com reported the Cavs’ intentions involving Korver in an article Sunday.
“I hear the Cavs are looking to move Korver,” Pluto wrote. “He has a contract for $7.5 million this season. In 2019-2020, he also has a $7.5 million deal with $3.4 million guaranteed.”
Korver averaged 9.2 points per game and shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range for the Cavs last season. He struggled at times in the playoffs, but still put up 8.3 points per game and shot 41 percent from deep. As Pluto notes, he’s also on a relatively cheap contract, so he wouldn’t be an expensive acquisition for contending teams close to the salary cap or already in the luxury tax.
The most intriguing decision the Cavs need to make is whether to trade or keep All-Star forward Kevin Love. He probably has the most trade value on the Cleveland roster outside of 2018 first-round draft pick Collin Sexton.
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