February 26, 2024

When LeBron James left Cleveland this July, several teams contacted the Cavs to inquire about the trade status of their other veterans.

Sharpshooter Kyle Korver was the name that most teams had interest in. Ultimately, the Cavs decided that the offers were not enough for Korver and they held onto him to start the 2018-19 campaign without James.

After a 0-6 start to the season (now 1-6) and firing of Coach Tyronn Lue, the Cavaliers have revisited the trade market for Korver, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday evening.

Korver is set to make $7.6 million this season and $7.5 million next season (only $3.4 million guaranteed), a fair salary for a good shooting spark off the bench.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, the 37-year-old sharpshooter is struggling to start the season. Defensively, he looks slower than normal and his jump shot has not been up to standard. He’s averaging 5.5 points per game while shooting just over 33% from three to start this young season.

In a perfect world, the Cavaliers would be able to flip Korver to a contender for a late first-round draft pick. Teams that are contenders are oftentimes willing to part with a first-rounder to acquire a shooter with Korver’s ability. However, his game does come with limitations and it’s doubtful the Cavs can get that much.

The Cavaliers need to remain realistic in their pursuit to deal Korver within the coming weeks.

Reports circling the Philadelphia 76ers as a potential trade destination were made public over the summer. In the rumors, the Cavaliers would deal Korver to Philly for Jarred Bayless in return. The move seemed confusing at the time, as Bayless does not benefit Cleveland on the court or financially.

The Cavaliers trading Korver for Bayless remains puzzling unless Cleveland obtains some other assets in return. Cedi Osman’s national teammate Furkan Korkmaz is seeking a trade out of Philadelphia because he wants more playing time. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has recently followed Korkmaz on Twitter as well. 

The biggest key for the Cavs in a Korver trade is to remain realistic.

A second-round pick is feasible, but the best, realistic scenario for the Cavs would be to acquire a younger prospect like Korkmaz.

The motive behind this trade would be to open up a roster spot for a young prospect like Billy Preston to play while sending Korver to a better situation where he can compete for something more meaningful than a good draft position.

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Nick Pedone can be reached on his Twitter with questions or comments @NickPedone12.

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