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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Kyle Korver on Wednesday at Utah Jazz, but the move was not popular inside the Cavaliers locker room.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski announced that Cleveland would have treated Korver in Utah in exchange for guarding Alec Burks and two future second round picks. A few hours later, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported that several Cavs players were "upset" by this news, with Korver being one of the best three-point threats to the team.
However, at least one veteran understands that in the NBA, business comes first.
"In the end, it's a business and everyone can be moved," said Tristan Thompson at Vardon. "If the trade is correct and the result is good, then someone can be moved unless you have a no-trade clause, I do not know who has it." the only two guys who are safe in the NBA are Bron and Steph Curry Everyone, you can be moved.All you can do is control what you can control.Enter, play hard every day, make your work and do not worry. "
It is important to note that Korver's move was part of a gentleman's contract previously passed between the guardian and the organization. According to Vardon, when Korver signed with the Cavs a $ 22 million contract in July 2017, for a term of three years, he asked the team to either trade or to buy it back if LeBron James was to leave the free agent job in the summer of 2018..
Well, James ended up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers last July – but the Cavs have not signed their contract yet. It changed Wednesday.
With James left and Kevin Love injured, Cleveland (4-16) is in full rebuild mode. Coach Tyronn Lue was fired as a result of a 0 to 6 start of the match, a victory in which he and the organization did not understand how to allocate the minutes of the list, according to Vardon. In the end, Lue lost his job and JR Smith has since left the team.
Korver was the next domino to fall.
While Cleveland tried to become young this season, Korver, 37, fell sharply in minutes. His 15.7 minutes per game is the lowest since his rookie season in 2003-04.
Korver's perimeter shots played a key role in helping the Cavs reach the final in each of the past two seasons. Despite a reduced role this season, he was still 46.3 percent behind in 16 games. It will not be easy for a rebuilding team to replace, although Cleveland (36.2%) ranks eighth in three points this season.
Face reliable three-point firing numbers to make it more difficult for an already struggling team to win games. And according to Vardon, this is partly why the agreement is hard to swallow for some players.
There are angry lockers in the Cavaliers' locker room, but Korver can not be too upset. Not only will he be part of a pro-playoff team, but he will return to a place where he had played from 2007 to 2010. More specifically, Utah is where he played. met his wife.
That said, leaving Cleveland is not necessarily easy for the veteran.
"I think overall I'm very grateful for my stay in Cleveland," Korver told Vardon. "So many amazing possibilities, amazing teammates, relationships that I would take with me for the rest of my life, fans really welcomed me and my family, never heard" thank you "so many times, even after more difficult times, Cleveland fans are the ones you want to play for. "
Utah (31.9%) ranks 28th in perimeter shooting. The addition of one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history should help correct a glaring weakness and could eventually help the Jazz (10-12) kick off the season.