The Cavaliers traded away F Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz for two future second round picks and SG Alec Burks. Korver had been on the trading block since the beginning of the season as it was suspected he could help a playoff contender with his good shooting ability. He is the midst of a three year, $22 million deal, with just about $15 million still on the books.
Besides for the fiscal advantage of no longer paying Korver, the Cavs have picked up some much-needed draft capital with the two second round picks. Additionally, they get rid of a 37-year-old shooter who was averaging only 15.7 minutes per game this season for a 27 year old guard who has seen his minutes diminish thanks to the emergence of SGs Donovan Mitchell and rookie Grayson Allen.
The Utah Jazz are currently 9 – 12 but only five games behind the division leading Denver Nuggets. It is still very early in the season, too early to discount Utah’s playoff aspirations. Acquiring Korver may be the piece they are missing to get back into the playoff hunt. Additionally, Korver returns to Utah after playing for them for three seasons.
Alec Burks was drafted with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft. He has played his entire career in Utah where he averaged 9.6 points per game. He is a free agent at the end of the season, so if it does not work out for the Cavs to have him as part of the team they can part ways when the season ends. If he does work out, then the Cavs would have a big win in this trade.
This is a trade that is helpful to both teams and both players involved. For many Cavs fans, this is a bittersweet moment. We knew that Korver would likely be gone, but we have so many wonderful memories of Korver making big shots that it makes this a bit sad. The Cavs have played well lately and hopefully Burks can acclimate himself quickly and seamlessly to the team.