Should Cleveland Cavaliers Pursue Kyle Korver in 2013 NBA Free Agency?

By Michael Terrill
Should Cleveland Cavaliers Pursue Kyle Korver in 2013 NBA Free Agency
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There is no question guard/forward Kyle Korver is going to be a sought after asset during the 2013 NBA free agency this summer. Many people believe he will re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks, but that will not prevent several teams from attempting to convince him otherwise. Should the Cleveland Cavaliers be one of those teams that should seriously pursue Korver?

The problem several teams will face is that the Hawks and Korver have a mutual interest in the sharpshooter’s return to Atlanta.

“I really enjoyed my year here in Atlanta,” Korver said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I enjoyed the team. I enjoyed the organization. I believe Danny Ferry is going to do some great things here. I really think he is.”

The problem the Hawks will be facing is that they have several needs if they want to be a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. Not to mention, there are other free agency signings the team must focus on. That gives other organizations a prime opportunity to step in.

The Cavaliers are by no means considered a top team in the Eastern Conference, which is the only reason Korver would not sign with them. Other than that, there is certainly plenty of excitement surrounding Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving has established himself to be a legitimate point guard who averaged 22.5 points and 1.5 steals last season. Not to mention, guard Dion Waiters and several other players have shown plenty of potential. Throw that in with the fact that the Cavaliers are going to get a solid player with the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and Cleveland can be considered an upcoming team.

The main reason why the Cavaliers would like to acquire Korver is because of his 3-point shooting ability. The 32-year-old converted a career-high 45.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc during the 2012-13 season. Considering Cleveland ranked 22nd in the league in that category, Korver would be a fine catch. However, his career 41.9 percent from 3-point range is why several big named teams will be after him.

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