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Kyle Korver has been excused by the Cleveland Cavaliers after the death of his younger brother.
Kirk Korver, 27, died Tuesday in Iowa. He became seriously ill last week.
“We are very sad to share that Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver’s brother, Kirk, passed away today,” the Cavaliers said in a statement released by the team Tuesday night. “Kyle has been excused from the team to be with his family. We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time.”
Kyle Korver is not expected to play in Cleveland’s game against Eastern Conference-leading Toronto on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Kirk Korver was the youngest of four Korver brothers, all of whom played basketball at the collegiate level or above.
Kirk finished his career at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2013-14. A forward, he scored 597 points and grabbed 267 rebounds in a four-season career for the Kangaroos.
Kyle Korver left the Cavaliers on Friday to tend to what was termed a family medical emergency. He was not in Chicago for Cleveland’s win over the Bulls — the first game he’s missed this season — but returned to the team and started Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 12 points in the victory.