The Outlook On Atlanta After The Kyle Korver Trade

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Apr 19, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) attempts a three-point basket against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) in the first quarter of game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers search for an outside shooter is now over as they completed a trade that sends Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, cash, and a protected 2019 first round pick to Atlanta. In return, they obtained Kyle Korver.

Korver is 35 years old, and shooting 40.9% from three point land this season. This move shows that the Cavaliers are looking to increase their ability of an outside threat for their playoff run and quest for another title. If you have not already check out fellow Society writer, Alex Fischbein’s Friday Rant, on the Korver trade and what it means for Cleveland.

The addition of Kyle Korver will prove to be vital as this will only open the floor even more for guys like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to work. This Cavaliers team is now up there with the Warriors as the best shooting team in the league after this trade.

But where does this leave the Hawks? As of right now, the Hawks are a four seed in the Eastern Conference, but this move seems like they are looking to rebuild.

At 35, Korver’s time in this league is limited, so it is fitting that it turned out to be a win-win trade. A win for Korver because he gets to go to a title contender, and a win for the Hawks as they obtain more assets for the future.

It was a sad time for the organization because this is the second move that breaks up a tandem of  Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap that lead this team to a 60 plus win season just two years ago.

Moving forward, the Hawks are in a great position to build going forward because they will not be drafting in the lottery anytime soon so acquiring more picks can increase your chances of finding suitable players. The pick is top 10 protected in 2019 and 2020 which bodes well for Atlanta.

With the Hawks being active in the rebuild, look for them to be active in looking for trade partners for Paul Millsap. They are looking to get younger players in return for Millsap, but this contradicts what they did when they acquired Dwight Howard in the offseason.

To me, if you are looking to get younger, then you should never make the move for Dwight Howard.

Going forward, the Hawks need to find their core players they want to build around. They know that if they are able to get a successful trade with Millsap, then that will spring board into bringing in young players that can prove success sooner than later.

It will be interesting to see who bites on Millsap because he is either only going to be a rental for that team, or tie a team down with a long contract. In the long run, the Hawks are going the right way about it.

 

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