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It’s not a groundbreaking move, but it’s newsworthy nonetheless. Wednesday evening, the Utah Jazz agreed to ship guard Alec Burks and two future second-round picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In return, they reunite with an old friend in Kyle Korver.
Korver, who played 180 games in a Jazz uniform between 2007-2010, is currently averaging 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game on a remarkable 46.3% shooting from deep. The 6th-ranked three-point shooter in NBA history will inject some much-needed marksmanship from distance into a Utah team that currently ranks second to last in that category (31.9%). Sitting at 9-12 through 21 games, the time for Utah to make a change appears to be now.
In return, the 4-15 Cavaliers receive the 27-year-old Burks. The University of Colorado product is averaging 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in his 8th season with Utah. Receiving between 15 and 17 minutes per game in each of the last three seasons, perhaps a change of scenery will help Burks tap into some of his potential.
In the final year of his contract, Burks likely serves as a cap clearer for Cleveland at the end of the season, with an opportunity to be re-signed depending on his play. Korver is set to make 7.5 million in his age-38 2019-20 season but will benefit from a new system and different environment in Utah.
Stay tuned for any updates as/if needed.