Veteran Kyle Korver was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the trade that saw the Utah Jazz acquire Mike Conley. At the start of July, he was moved again, being sent to the Phoenix Suns along with Jevon Carter. Phoenix soon waived Korver, making him one of the most desired pieces on the free agent market.
Even as August approaches, though, he remains available. Teams are still filling out the fringes of their rosters, but one of the best perimeter shooters in the league is still looking for a new team. It won’t be long before Korver signs, and it will be a significant moment for whichever contending team he lands on.
Korver shoots just shy of 43% for his career from three-point range. Whether from catch-and-shoot opportunities or running off screens, he’s as reliable as they come from beyond on the arc. Up there with Klay Thompson and JJ Redick when it comes to moving off the ball, Korver has a quick release and can be deadly from downtown. He was a perfect fit alongside LeBron James in Cleveland and would be an ideal complementary piece in Los Angeles, giving another floor spacing option alongside Quinn Cook, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
For Philadelphia and Milwaukee, it’s much the same. The Bucks have lost shooters from deep with Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic departing. The Sixers’ floor spacing is a constant issue – Simmons, like LeBron and Giannis Antetokounmpo, needs shooters around him. They don’t come much better than Korver.
The Lakers, Sixers and Bucks are three of the favourites for the 2020 NBA title. Korver might not be a star name, but he’s the exact profile of player they need on their bench and the 38-year-old, former 55th overall pick could be a real difference maker.