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NBA trade: Atlanta Hawks trade Kyle Korver to Cleveland Cavaliers

By Cris Valencia / 2017.01.08
Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots a three-point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers have officially acquired guard Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavaliers had to give up guard Mo Williams, guard/forward Mike Dunleavy, a first round draft pick in 2019 plus cash, Fox Sports reported. Cav's General Manager David Griffin announced the trade on Saturday at the Cleveland Clinic Courts.

"Among the most prolific and dynamic three-point shooters in NBA history, a selfless, and team first competitor, Kyle brings all of the elements of Cavs DNA that we covet on and off the floor. We look forward to welcoming Kyle, his wife, Juliet and their three children to Northeast Ohio and are certain our fans will embrace them with open arms," he said.

Hailed as a prolific 3-point shooter, Korver's former coach Mike Budenholzer thanked Korver for his services. The 35-year-old shooter is currently averaging 9.5 points on a 40.9 percent shooting clip on the 3-point line.

LeBron James said that nabbing Korver is a great move for the team. Korver's range will be a much needed arsenal for the Cavs who also need to support LeBron in the offensive side. However, James said that despite the move, the Cavs will still need another point guard to spruce up their rotation. 

The Cavs still have a protected 2018 first-round pick after their recent trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Cavs kept this 2018 pick and gave up their 2019 first-round pick in this trade. If the 2019 pick is protected and will be unused by the Hawks within two years, the pick will become second-round picks for them in 2021 and 2022, ESPN reported. 

Korver could make his debut in Cavs uniform on their next game against Phoenix and later when the team heads out to west which will conclude with a matchup against the Golden State Warriors. For his part, Korver said that he is excited to join his new team and said that the opportunity is great for him in a basketball perspective. 

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