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Cavaliers acquire Kyle Korver from Hawks

Atlant to receive draft pick, Dunleavy Jr.

Kyle Korver is headed to Cleveland to join LeBron James and the Cavaliers after the Atlanta Hawks agreed to trade the former NBA All-Star to the defending NBA champions on Thursday.

Korver confirmed the trade to reporters after Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, which he did not play in. Atlanta won 99-94.

Atlanta will reportedly receive a 2019 first-round pick and reserve Mike Dunleavy Jr., according to The Vertical, although the Hawks are reportedly searching for a third team to take Dunleavy.

ESPN reports that reserve Mo Williams may also be going back to Atlanta in the deal. The 2019 first-rounder will also be a protected pick, per ESPN.

Korver, 35, is a 3-point shooting specialist who is averaging 9.5 points and 40.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season. The former second-round pick (51st overall) of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003 NBA Draft is a lifetime 42.9 percent 3-point shooter.

Two seasons ago, Korver earned his lone All-Star nod while averaging 12.1 points in 75 games with the Hawks and making 3s at a 49.2 percent clip -- his highest 3-point percentage since shooting 53.6 percent (in 52 games) in 2009-10.

The Korver trade comes two years to the day after the Cavaliers acquired sharpshooter J.R. Smith in a trade with the New York Knicks. Smith was ruled out 12-14 weeks on Dec. 20, 2016 after sustaining a fracture in his right thumb.

Atlanta is also in discussions with multiple teams in attempt to trade away impending free agent and three-time All-Star Paul Millsap, according to The Vertical.

The Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings are all interested in Millsap, sources told The Vertical.


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