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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kyle Korver, Traded to Jazz, Was Most Deadly from Distance on Cavs

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 9:42 AM

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Kyle Korver, sharp shooting extraordinaire and consummate pro, has been traded by the Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz for guard Alec Burks and two future second-round picks, ESPN and others have reported.

Cleveland.com has the implications of the trade and reactions by teammates here. (One the most exciting upshots: Rodney Hood's wife is good friends with Alec Burks' fiancee! Scene is hopeful for a warm and lasting Cleveland friendship for the Hoods and Burks.)

Korver leaves behind an impressive legacy with the Cavaliers, chief among them his blistering shooting from distance. Known as a sniper, the Creighton alum shot more accurately from three-point land as a member of the Cavaliers than he did with any previous team. His .454 shooting percentage barely edged out his .452 mark as a member of the Atlanta Hawks' dynamic starting unit.



Korver's three-point shooting percentage is the second-highest in Cavaliers' history, behind only Steve Kerr, among players who attempted more than 100 three-point shots. In only 124 games played with the Cavs, (one complete season and portions of the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 campaigns), he managed to ascend to 13th on the franchise leader board in total three-pointers. In his final two games in a Cavs uniform, the win against Houston and the loss against Minnesota, Korver knocked down a staggering 9 of 12 (75 percent), demonstrating to the league that at nearly 38 years old, he's still among the league's most dangerous shooters. 

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Korver had asked to be traded if LeBron left the Cavaliers, and when he wasn't this offseason, he didn't make a fuss. The trade to Utah gives Cleveland some flexibility and trading chips while letting Korver play for a potential contender in a Western Conference jam-packed with playoff aspirations.

We'll miss his hyperactivity without the ball and his pure pure stroke. No one dashed around the court trying to get open like Korver did. 

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