The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Jazz Alec Burks, and 2020 and 2021 second round rounds through the Wizards to the Cavs in the deal.
Korver's name was on the market since the very beginning of the Cavaliers disappointing start to the season. He'd been rumored to the Sixers, but ultimately Utah pulled off the deal that could kickstart some changes to the team's offensive woes.
Why did the Jazz trade for Korver?
A hipster pick to finish in the top 2 or 3 seeds in the west, Utah's 9-12 start has been surprising. Donovan Mitchell has not been nearly as good as he was a season ago, when he was asked to scratch the scoring score as a rookie, and his regression has spawned few answers.
The Jazz rank No. 25 in adjusted offensive rating in the league, scoring just 107 points per 100 possessions. (The League-leading Bucks score almost 117 per 100.)
All Korver does score. He's averaging just seven points per game in limited minutes in Cleveland, but he's shooting as well as always. The 37-year-old is firing at 46 percent accuracy from three-point range, a Utah area needs help.
Utah ranks No. 15 in the league in deep-ball attempts at 31.6 per game, but ranks second-to-last in precision, firing at just 31.8 percent from that distance. That can not last if the Jazz is Western Conference Finals hopefuls, and Korver is a veteran who has proven he can fill this role anywhere.
Plus, the team had to deal with future second-round picks, and Burks, whose minutes were going to be filled by Korver anyway.
Why did the Cavs let go of Korver?
It's tank time in Cleveland. The 4-15 Cavs have plummeted among the league's worst without LeBron James.
Kevin Love's was injured, only playing four games this season, but the rest of the pieces did not fit well either. It's obvious that Cleveland is not likely to make the playoffs, and even if it did, the Cavs stay would be short-lived.
Korver's 37 years old, and can help a postseason team. He's one of the few assets Cleveland has left, and turning a vet who was not part of the long-term vision into two future picks and an experiment in Burks, who is on an expiring contract, is not a bad haul.
Cleveland can afford to spend the season seeing if Burks makes sense to keep long term.