Kyle Korver expressed his intention of re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers once he became a free agent this summer. The 35-year-old shooting guard played the final year of his contract with the Atlanta Hawks, which he signed in July 2013.
“I mean, who wouldn’t want to play with the best players in the world?” Korver told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
On Wednesday, Kyle Korver played his best game since he was traded to the Cavaliers. He posted 29 points and five rebounds on 83.3 percent shooting from the field and 88.9 percent from beyond the arc. With his impressive performance against the Indiana Pacers, Korver moved into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list, passing Jason Kidd.
Korver continues to prove that the Cavaliers made to right decision of trading Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, a 2019 first-round pick and cash consideration to the Atlanta Hawks for him. On Korver’s first day as a Cavalier, LeBron James already knew he would be a great fit on their team. “The King” included Korver on the players on their roster who have “Ultra Green Light” to shoot three-pointers. James even advised him to shoot the ball whenever it touches his hands.
“Korver is in a league of his own,” James said. “And J.R. is in a league of (his) own as well. … We’re happy to have (Korver). Every time that ball is released out of his hands, we believe it’s going in.”
Kyle Korver proves to be a great fit in Cleveland
Korver looked sluggish in his first game in Cleveland where he only shot 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from the three-point range. Now that he finally finds his place, Korver becomes an essential piece on the reigning NBA champions. He fills the void left by J.R. Smith, who’s currently recovering from a thumb injury.
The way how the Cavaliers play right now is undeniably beneficial for Korver. According to coach Tyronn Lue, the Cavaliers run plays for the 35-year-old when he’s with the second unit. As a starter, they usually used their regular offense.
Whenever LeBron or Kyrie Irving drives, Korver easily finds an open spot to shoot a three. James and Irving only need to kick out the ball and trust Korver to hit the shot. The 35-year-old shooting guard noticed the big difference playing with the Cavaliers.
“Normally if I don’t run, I don’t get open,” Korver said. “I’ve learned I have to run a lot usually to get open. But it’s different here. The players we have here are amazing. Nothing gets a shooter open like more shooting and LeBron and Kyrie.”
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