REPORT // Cavs Players Pissed Over Kyle Korver’s Trade to Utah

REPORT // Cavs Players Pissed Over Kyle Korver’s Trade to Utah


Cleveland’s trade of veteran guard Kyle Korver to Utah for Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks may have been in the Cavs favor, but it’s left a bad taste in the mouths of his former teammates in Ohio.

The 37 year-old Korver says that he’s happy to relocate back to Salt Lake City, where he played for the Jazz from 2007-10.



It’s a good result for both parties, as Korver asked the Cavs to move him last summer after LeBron James left for the Lakers.

Per The Athletic:

“I think just overall I’m really grateful for my time in Cleveland,” Korver said. “So many amazing opportunities. Incredible teammates. Relationships that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. The fans have really embraced me and my family. I’ve never heard ‘thank you’ so many times from fans, even after harder moments.

“Cleveland fans are who you want to play for.”

The hard part for veterans is coming to work every day and trying to win games, knowing the deck is stacked against them. It’s knowing that scenes like what unfolded Wednesday — Korver being traded just after he arrived at Chesapeake Energy Arena to play against the Thunder — are possible, even probable. Korver was on the court early getting up shots when an assistant pulled him off and told him he’d been traded. Most teammates didn’t even get to say good bye.

Multiple Cavs players are upset with the trading of Korver, insofar as this is a team with very little outside shooting. Korver’s only averaging 6.8 points per game, but he’s still shooting .463 from the outside and is one of the greatest 3-point shooters in NBA history. Subtracting him from the team only makes it harder to win games, they feel.

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