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Now that Jimmy Butler is officially in the fold, the Philadelphia 76ers have set their sights on adding perimeter shooting, with Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Kyle Korver seemingly at the top of their list.
More specifically, the Sixers are “highly” interested in Korver, according to a report from Marc Stein of The New York Times.
The biggest issue for the 76ers may be finding a workable trade. The Cavs and Sixers reportedly discussed a swap of Korver for veteran point guard Jerryd Bayless over the summer. But as Stein noted, Bayless and his expiring contract were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Butler deal.
The Cavs signed Korver to a three-year, $22 million contract in the summer of 2017.
Several opposing executives have indicated to Amico Hoops they doubt the Sixers would part with a draft pick for Korver. But seeing as how Philly is in “win-now” mode after the Butler trade, they may be willing to move younger players who aren’t a big part of the immediate future.
“Philadelphia still has options, as a package of Mike Muscala and Zhaire Smith would financially work for a Korver trade,” Chris Crouse of HoopsRumors wrote. “With Muscala seeing meaningful minutes this year, it’s hard to see the Sixers including him or their promising 2018 first-rounder in a deal for the 37-year-old.
“Swapping Markelle Fultz for Korver would also work financially, though the team’s front office appears to be taking a patient approach with the former No. 1 overall pick, which makes a Fultz trade unlikely at the moment.”
The Cavs would undoubtedly accept either of those packages for the 37-year-old Korver. Though as Crouse suggested, the Sixers likely would only make such a deal if they felt a veteran perimeter shooter would put them over the top in the East.
For right now, Sixers general manager Elton Brand indicated he will watch and wait before making the next move.
“Despite what’s been reported, we’re going to take our time and evaluate the landscape,” Brand said, via Derek Bodnar of The Athletic. “We’re in no rush.”
Korver is 6-foot-7 and a career 43-percent shooter on 3-pointers. He averaged 9.2 points and hit 44 percent of his threes in 73 games last season.
He played with the Sixers from 2003-08. He has also spent time with the Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.