By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kyle Korver believes that the Cleveland Cavaliers reneged on their promise to him. He was reportedly told if LeBron James left, he would be traded.
However, Korver remained on the team after James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s still with the Cavaliers.
His name has been brought up in trade rumors. However, none of their veterans have been moved yet.
The franchise is even playing their younger players more and giving their veterans limited playing time. J.R. Smith has requested a trade over lack of playing time.
The Cavaliers have reportedly denied Korver’s trade request. He through because of the prior agreement that he would be dealt.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman thought that keeping Korver would mean that the team would be competitive in the Eastern Conference. However, the team is 1-8.
One week ago today, the team fired head coach Tyronn Lue after a 0-6 start.
Korver was the first player that Altman signed to an extension in July 2017. The sharpshooter signed a three-year, $21 million deal in July 2017.
The agreement that was reportedly in place was if James left, the Cavaliers would either trade Korver or do a buyout of his contract so that he could relocate his family to the new location during the summer.
On July 1st, after news leaked out that James was signing with the Lakers, Korver requested a trade. The franchise said no, “because, they told him, they wanted him to play for the team to try and win. The same basic message was communicated to Kevin Love before he agreed to a four-year, $120 million extension and to the rest of the returning players.”
The Cavaliers — who have the worst record in the NBA with their 1-8 record — may want to re-visit Korver’s trade request — along with trade requests from J.R. Smith and other veteran players, as the team is in rebuilding mode. It’s going to be a while before they’re good again.
Korver would give new team — if he’s traded — a three-point specialist, who can be an offensive weapon off of the bench or even in the starting lineup. The 16-year veteran also would help his new team with their spacing on the floor, because of his scoring abilities.
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