Updated: Hawks acquire Korver

Vivlamore filling in for M.C.

Kyle Korver is the latest shooter being stockpiled on an ever-changing Hawks’ roster.

A trade for Korver, a guard known for his 3-point shooting, was completed Monday. The Hawks  acquired the veteran from the Bulls for cash considerations.

“I appreciate the toughness and the competitive energy Kyle brings to the game every night, and we’re very excited to add

him to our team.” Danny Ferry, Hawks President of Basketball Operations/GM, said in a statement released by the team.  “Adding him makes shooting an even greater strength for our club.”

The deal was several days in the making. Korver was in Atlanta for a physical on Saturday.

Korver was owed a $500,000 guarantee of his $5 million non-guaranteed salary for 2012-13 by the Bulls by Sunday.

“We led the NBA in wins two years in a row, and (I) loved the personalities and chemistry we had,” Korver told the Chicago Tribune Friday when news of the potential trade first surfaced. “The bond we had was unique. You always feel you could’ve done more, but everybody on our team gave it all we had and there’s at least some satisfaction in that.”

In 65 games for the Bulls last season, Korver averaged 8.1 points in 22.6 minutes per game. He was 10th in the NBA in 3-point percentage at .435 (118-for-271).

The Hawks have added shooters Lou Williams, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow and first-round pick John Jenkins during the offseason.

Korver, 31, was a second-round pick (No. 51) by the Nets in the 2003 draft. He was traded to the 76ers, where he spent his first four-plus seasons. He also played for Jazz before playing the past two seasons with the Bulls.

- Chris Vivlamore

887 comments Add your comment

Lewis

July 16th, 2012
4:47 pm

please get a wing defender

Melvin

July 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

Good addition by the Hawks. Knock down shooter

Buddy Grizzard

July 16th, 2012
4:51 pm

I just don’t see burning $5m in cap space on a guy who duplicates skills you already have on your roster. If he could play small forward and guard small forwards this would be a needed addition. But can you see Korver guarding Carmelo? LeBron? Can you see Korver guarding anybody? We need Damien back.

Buddy Grizzard

July 16th, 2012
4:53 pm

WannaplaysomeD?

The Real cp

July 16th, 2012
5:00 pm

We really need a starting caliber sf.

This first half against Boston has been terrible. Benson has played well but thats about it. Scott has taken a lot of jumpers but cant seem to hit them, cant hit his free throws, and cant finish over the bigger more athletic players. Wannamaker is a turnover machine and Jenkins isnt getting many clean looks. I want Scott to do well but I just dont see how he makes this team.

Realist

July 16th, 2012
5:04 pm

How do you write an article about a trade for Kyle Korver without mentioning who might be, you know, traded for him?

tyger

July 16th, 2012
5:05 pm

Who said he got $5M from Hawks?

Non-guaranteed means you dont have to pay it…
I read they slid him into a $3M traded player exception…
from Nets by way of Minnesota…

Astro Joe

July 16th, 2012
5:12 pm

Well, I maintain that the Hawks won’t be terribly relevant in the coming season, so whether it is Korver, Pietrus, Brewer, Martell Webster or Stacey Augmon… it won’t make a big difference. Given the current salaries, we weren’t going to likely find someone to guard elite SFs. The Heat didn’t have anyone to shut down Durant and the Thunder couldn’t stop Lebron… and they had maxed puit players trying to hold each other down. Lastly, Korver could potentially be flipped at the trade deadline for a draft pick. I recall when the Wizards acquired Hinrich by using their available cap space/trade exemption. They later turned that into a few draft picks (courtesy of Rick Sund). A legit contender may trade a super-late 1st round pick to add a proven shooter like Korver. The only opportunity cost is that the trade exemption could have been used on another player and presumably, Ferry did his homework and this was the best player available for the price.

BC

July 16th, 2012
5:14 pm

I thought this deal was already done, with the physical pending? Was there any connection to Kirk Hinrich? Did I spell Hinnie’s last name right?

BC

July 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

What is Danny working on as far as a wing man?

Chris Vivlamore

July 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

BC: The deal was not already done, despite reports.

mike

July 16th, 2012
5:19 pm

I hate to join the chorus, but I don’t know who we have that can defend. I feel bad for Josh, Al, and Zaza as they are going to be doing a lot of work defensively bc our guards and forwards can’t stop their man.

I hope Danny Ferry has a different idea or something up his sleeve and proves me wrong.

Chris Vivlamore

July 16th, 2012
5:20 pm

Realist: I thought I’d keep those details to myself. … When I know the exact details trust I will share them.

Astro Joe

July 16th, 2012
5:22 pm

The other thing to consider is that Ferry has to wait x number of days before e can ship out the 17 guys name Moe that came from the Nets. So maybe that terrific SF that will shut down elite scorers and send us to the ECF is waiting to be traded for the likes of Stevenson, Jordan Williams and Anthony Morrow.

kevkat

July 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

Hey CV, do you think a trade may still be in the works considering the abundance of guards/shooters we have acquired?

Chris Vivlamore

July 16th, 2012
5:35 pm

kevkat: I don’t know for sure, but something tells me this is not the final roster.

notso fast

July 16th, 2012
5:36 pm

Good to have shooters but we also need somebody to defend and somebody to rebound. Still early.

Who Me?

July 16th, 2012
5:38 pm

Still no big man….

BGreen

July 16th, 2012
5:39 pm

OK, Realist, it’s not just me…am I asking too much to want to know what we traded FOR HIM?

Melvin

July 16th, 2012
5:40 pm

WTH is #20 doing. Take him out…

Lewis

July 16th, 2012
5:41 pm

trades not final, no one knows yet, relax

GA Hawk

July 16th, 2012
5:42 pm

Man this is a shady trade. No new deatils in like a week. Nothing against the writers, i think this deal has everyone confused.

Hawks4Eva

July 16th, 2012
5:44 pm

Kyle Kover is a big ugly stiff who can’t get his own show, can can’t guard a box of crayons. This is Danny’s 1st bad move. If he signs this lump of coal for anything above veteran minimal, what a waist of cap space. Come on Ferry, you’re better than this….

Melvin

July 16th, 2012
5:49 pm

Overrall, the Hawks summer league team is terrible. Just like I thought when it was first release. Jenkins, Scott, Benson and maybe Taylor should be in training camp…

Buddy Grizzard

July 16th, 2012
5:49 pm

“Given the current salaries, we weren’t going to likely find someone to guard elite SFs.”

Damien Wilkins plays for the veteran’s minimum and did a damn good job on LeBron a couple seasons ago.

AnotherGM

July 16th, 2012
5:52 pm

Folks, this is not the final deal of the offseson. Stay tuned………..

willie

July 16th, 2012
5:52 pm

Loading up on shooters…he must have a plan in mind.

GA Hawk

July 16th, 2012
5:54 pm

I wonder what Dan Ferry is trying to do

Chris Vivlamore

July 16th, 2012
5:56 pm

I don’t believe a Hawks player is involved. Could be for the trade exception from the Joe Johnson deal.

Melvin

July 16th, 2012
5:58 pm

Astro,

Should the Hawks sign Flip Flops….lol

“Sam Amick: The Kings’ Hassan Whiteside was waived to make room for Brooks. Atlanta also waived Jordan Farmar. Twitter”

vava74

July 16th, 2012
6:00 pm

Couldn’t catch the game tonight but saw the last 4/5 minutes.

Granted, the game was lost by then but the feeling I got is that the Hawks found out Ivan by mere chance.

Some of the bench guys were amongst the sorriest excuse of a scrub I ever saw on a basketball court.

Good grief, it was painful…

Astro Joe

July 16th, 2012
6:01 pm

Buddy, Wilkins played LeBron well for a few minutes in one game. But I’m sure that there is room to sign him. It is essentially “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic”, as neither Korver nor Wilkins will make a material impact.

And after watching how LeBron forced Thabo to spend a goodly time riding the bench, I think the days of that kid being held down by a smaller and weaker player has passed by.

jay

July 16th, 2012
6:03 pm

Korver > Vlad Rad. Can shoot as well and is much younger and healthier. We paid Vlad Rad about 1.5 mil. If Korver comes in at 3 mil that would be sweet for us.

vava74

July 16th, 2012
6:03 pm

Buddy,

The key is “a couple of seasons ago”.

Damien is 32 or 33 this year… Don’t think he still has a lot left in the tank.

Obviously, I would call him up since Pietrus and Barnes will look to sign with a contender.

Astro Joe

July 16th, 2012
6:05 pm

Melvin, did you see the Summer League game when he screamed at the top of his lungs when he made a routine dunk? Dude falls in the “he just don’t get it” category. With that said, we don’t need more than one toothpick on the squad… Benson, Anthony Randolph or Flip-Flops? IMO, we don’t need more than 1 guy making 4 visits/day to Hardee’s.

vava74

July 16th, 2012
6:06 pm

To think that Sacramento did a monumental outdoor with Coudins and Whiteside…

Melvin

July 16th, 2012
6:09 pm

Astro,

I didn’t see Flip Flops in action yet but I would prefer all 3 of those tooth picks over Damp, Collins, Vlad and Stack…

JProc41ATL

July 16th, 2012
6:10 pm

During the 2011 Finals, no one thought Dallas had anyone to stop Lebron, but Deshawn Stevenson did exceptionally well at it. I could see Stevenson starting against teams with elite small forwards (MIA, BOS, IND, PHI, OKC).

steven a smith

July 16th, 2012
6:11 pm

GREAT MOVE! NOW GO GET 6″11″ANTHONY RANDOLPH SF

PG Devin Harris/Jeff Teague/Lou Williams
SG DeShawn Stevenson/Anthony Morrow/John Jenkins
SF Josh Smith/ Anthony Randolph
PF Al Horford/Ivan Johnson/Jordan Williams
C Zsa Zsa Pachulia/Johan Petro/Keith Benson

steven a smith

July 16th, 2012
6:13 pm

(correction)

GREAT MOVE! NOW GO GET 6″11″ANTHONY RANDOLPH SF(correction)

PG Devin Harris/Jeff Teague/Lou Williams
SG DeShawn Stevenson/Anthony Morrow/John Jenkins
SF Josh Smith/ Anthony Randolph/Kyle Korver
PF Al Horford/Ivan Johnson/Jordan Williams
C Zsa Zsa Pachulia/Johan Petro/Keith Benson

Hawkfan

July 16th, 2012
6:13 pm

why so may guards?

Glenn

July 16th, 2012
6:13 pm

I said it once and I’ll say it again; how many of these guys do we need? When are we going after the bigs?

Hawkfan

July 16th, 2012
6:14 pm

Buddy Grizzard

July 16th, 2012
6:15 pm

NBA PM: Smith Excited About New-Look Hawks
By Alex Kennedy
NBA Writer

Last season, Josh Smith’s unhappiness with the Atlanta Hawks was well-documented. The star small forward demanded a trade at midseason and routinely expressed frustration with the organization. After watching the Hawks lose free agent Jamal Crawford and fill out the roster with cheap veterans last offseason, Smith didn’t believe the team was committed to building a contender.

Now, with Danny Ferry taking over as general manager of the Hawks, Smith believes the team is heading in the right direction. Atlanta traded away Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a future first-round pick. Shortly after, the Hawks dealt Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for Devin Harris, and then signed free agent guard Lou Williams. That’s a lot of change in one offseason, but Smith likes the moves.

“Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve always been about winning,” Smith said. “I want to one day be able to play for a ring. I want to give myself the opportunity to do that. With a good GM like Danny Ferry and everybody else, I think this organization is heading in a positive direction.”

“Those are guys who can create for themselves and others,” Smith said of Harris and Williams. “We got a guy in Louis Williams who is a pure scorer. He can shoot the ball and really play. Devin Harris is fast, quick and plays similar to Jeff Teague. He can definitely be a facilitator because we have a lot of guys who can really stroke the ball.”

Smith is excited about the new-look roster, and the cap flexibility that they’ll have next summer. By unloading Johnson and Williams, Ferry created enough cap space to sign two players to maximum deals. Dwight Howard will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason and he’s already being mentioned as a possibility for Atlanta. Smith, who has known Howard since preschool, would love to have him.

“We do have a lot of money coming off the books, especially after this year,” Smith said. “I don’t know what the plans are. I guess every team that’s unloading money, the media thinks they’re targeting Dwight. And who wouldn’t want a guy like that on your team? He’s the best big man in the league. I’d love to have him. Who wouldn’t? He’s the most dominant big in the game right now.”

Howard and Paul aren’t the only star players who will be unrestricted free agents next summer. Smith is entering the final year of his contract and he’ll be able to weigh his options next offseason. He admitted that players have already started recruiting him, but insists that he’s focused on building a winner in Atlanta.

“My main concern is playing for the team that I have right now on the Atlanta Hawks and trying to have the best season of my career,” Smith said. “I want to keep getting better as my career progresses and then worry about [free agency] when it comes to that point.”

Smith approves of Atlanta’s direction and, with so much flexibility going forward, the future of the Hawks is certainly bright.

hawksfancents95

July 16th, 2012
6:16 pm

i still cant comphrehend that mike scott pick. he is the same player as ivan without the strength and we didnt need any more PFs. we had darius miller on a silver platter to be a 300k salary role playing wing defender who doesnt care what his title is and just plays. he took a back seat to all those freshmen at Kentucky and never complained and played great off the bench playing a multitude of roles. we desperatley need a defending SF and we need to secure that sooner rather than later as pickins will be slimmer and slimmer.

has anyone even heard anything on anthony randolph? i dont have twitter so i dont keep up with stuff that happens 15 mins from now, im old school and check some nba rumors sites.

PS- it looks like we will get to keep our 1st round pick from Brooklyn via Houston as jeremy lin is gona be a rocket and may even be paired with dwight, so you know david stern will make sure his #1 most marketable player(j.lin) will get to the playoffs.

and whats the obsession the hawks front office has with players last named williams? and houston gettin asian players..

Najeh Davenpoop

July 16th, 2012
6:16 pm

I would also like Damien back if the Hawks can’t get a better SF who can play perimeter D.

With that said, y’all are getting a little too carried away about this Korver deal. Everything I have seen says they are giving up nothing more than a trade exception. This trade will look pretty good if the Hawks can flip Korver to some other team at the trade deadline for a draft pick. All these moves Ferry is making, targeting players with expiring deals, should be seen from the point of view of long-term asset management, not so much about fielding a team this year. Get players who can contribute in the short term without taking up salary cap space, and flip them for other tradeable assets that can then be used in a Dwight deal.

While I was writing that post, Hollinger just tweeted that the Hawks got Korver for cash. He will fit into the trade exception acquired in the Joe deal. For once, this team is sending cash out to bring players in, instead of the other way around.

steven a smith

July 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

Hassan Whiteside just waived by the Kings….

Skip Bayless

July 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

@steven a smith, u dont have Korver listed on your roster.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

Here is the official press release by the Hawks about the Korver deal.

http://www.nba.com/hawks/news/hawks-acquire-kyle-korver-bulls

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired veteran marksman Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for cash considerations, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry.

No T-Wolves component to the deal. Just a straight cash for Korver trade. Good move.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 16th, 2012
6:19 pm