2013 NBA Free Agency: Atlanta Hawks Lock Down Sharp Shooter, Re-Sign Kyle Korver

By Ryan Heckman
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

With Dwight Howard now taking his time to make a final decision regarding his future team, the Atlanta Hawks can only sit and wait at this point before making any large moves. Wednesday, however, they were able to bring back one of their key free agents. No, not Josh Smith.



The Hawks were lucky to bring Korver back to Atlanta, as the Brooklyn Nets were said to be closing in on one of the league’s top shooters. Last season, Korver shot the three ball exceptionally well as he finished second in the NBA only to Jose Calderon at 45.7 percent.

Korver did make 59 more three point shots than Calderon, so many assume he is the top shooter in the league.

Getting Korver back will allow whomever they wind up with in free agency to be able to know that they have that one guy, in coming to Atlanta, that will knock down a big shot when the team needs it the most.

The top targets for the Hawks at this point, other than Howard, include Andrew Bynum and maybe even guys like Andre Iguodala or O.J. Mayo would fit in. Atlanta would like to get either Howard or Bynum to anchor the post alongside Al Horford, but they look as though they are falling behind in the sweepstakes for the Los Angeles Lakers big man.

In any event, the front office did not only the team but their fan base justice in re-signing Korver. He’s not only a great player on the court but a fantastic individual off the court and a fan favorite. It should be interesting now to see what’s next for Atlanta and if their quest for a top big man is accomplished. For now, they’ve certainly got their shooter.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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