NBA News: Cleveland Cavaliers Acquire Kyle Korver From Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks shooting guard/small forward Kyle Korver is on the verge of joining the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources say.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports' "The Vertical", the two ball clubs are currently finalizing a deal involving the 35-year-old NBA veteran. In turn, the Cavaliers will be sending guard Mike Dunleavy Jr. to play for a third team.
Further specifics of the deal have not been made clear, as of posting time. However, Wojnarowski's report also noted that the Cavaliers are willing to add $1.3 million to their luxury tax bill, if the deal involving Korver pushes through.
The news about Korver's possible departure from Atlanta to Cleveland immediately made noise within the NBA community as soon as it was announced on Thursday night. Considered as one of the best three-point specialists in the game today, everyone is curious about how he will fare alongside 2016 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James.
However, Korver's possible trade has also sent a wave of roster moves within the Hawks organization. As noted in a report by Tim Bontemps for The Washington Post, the Golden State Warriors are also aiming to add power forward Paul Millsap to their line-up, refusing to be outdone by their Western Conference rivals.
This move is expected to impact the Hawks, big time, given the number of talent that they would potentially be losing. With that, they would likely fall from playoff contention, which will ultimately open up the spot for teams like the Washington Wizards, the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks. But, as usual, all eyes are expected to be on the Warriors and Cavaliers.
"For the NBA's two superpowers, which will meet again in Oakland for the second and final time this regular season in just 10 days, Korver going to Cleveland is the latest move in the near three-year-old chess match between the two franchises," an excerpt from Bontemps' report reads.
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