The Atlanta Hawks season can to an abrupt end when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers, immediately putting them in preparation for the off-season. Besides finding a replacement for Josh Smith and trying to keep Jeff Teague around, one of their other top priorities should be to retain shooter Kyle Korver.
Korver has only played one season with the Hawks after being acquired via trade from the Chicago Bulls for cash last summer, and the 6’7″ sharpshooter made an immediate impact on the Hawks lineup. Korver brought some much needed accuracy from three-point range and knocked down .457 of his attempts from behind the arc — good for second in the NBA — while also contributing 10.9 points and four rebounds in 74 games, including 60 starts, which was a career-high.
While Korver does have his limitations, outside shooting is at a premium in today’s NBA game, and a team can never have too much of it. The Hawks ranked seventh in the league in three point shooting percentage this season and could rank even higher next year with Korver and fellow long-distance gunner John Jenkins in the rotation.
Now the age of 32 and coming off a contract that paid him $5 million per season, Korver should be a relatively affordable free agency target for Atlanta and other teams around the NBA as well, as Korver has already expressed his interest in returning to the Hawks, and was quoted as saying, “ I believe Danny Ferry is going to do some great things here. I think it’s a great opportunity to bring in guys who are going to play fun basketball. I know the vision that he has, you know the kind of basketball that he likes to watch. I think he is going to bring in those types of guys. I like the same basketball that he likes. I’m very open to coming back here.”
Korver’s statements and his familiarity of the organization make the likelihood of him staying with the Hawks a strong possibility, and retaining the veteran with the deadly jump shot would be a wise move for the franchise.