Kyle Korver will try to do what Mike Dunleavy Jr. could not — fill in as a sharpshooter for the defending champion Cavaliers.
The Cavs have landed the Atlanta swingman in a trade that will send Dunleavy and a 2019 first-round draft pick to the Hawks.
It has been reported that the Cavs are also sending the dead-weight contract belonging to Mo Williams to Atlanta in the deal.
Korver confirmed that he had been traded to the Cavs following the Hawks’ win at New Orleans on Thursday. Korver, 35, went through pregame warmups, but did not play.
“It’s hard for me to leave (Atlanta) behind,” he told the media. “Obviously it’s a great opportunity for me to go to Cleveland.”
The Cavs have had their eye on Korver for some time. They sent an executive to Atlanta to watch Korver and the Hawks just last week.
The hope is that he will help replace the loss of starting shooting guard J.R. Smith, expected to miss 10-14 weeks following thumb surgery.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer pulled Korver into a side room before tipoff in New Orleans, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Korver shook hands with teammates before the game, and the locker room was reportedly emotional while his now-former teammates said their goodbyes.
Korver is averaging 9.5 points and shooting 41 percent on 3-pointers. His game has been on the decline, although he is still considered a major threat when positioned behind the arc.
With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the lineup, there should be no shortage of open looks for Korver.
Dunleavy, 36, has struggled after arriving in an offseason trade with Chicago. He managed just 4.6 points in 23 games with the Cavs.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported the Cavs are nearing a deal that will send their 2017 first-round pick to Portland for a Trail Blazers’ first-rounder in 2018. That move has not been confirmed by Pro Basketball Digest sources.
League sources did add that the Cavs have begun to get serious about their search for a veteran point guard to play behind Irving, with free agent Mario Chalmers being the name mentioned most.
The Cavs (26-8) begin a six-game stretch of road games Friday at Brooklyn.
The Hawks are also said to be looking to move forward Paul Millsap, and potentially Dunleavy, in separate deals.