OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded sharpshooter Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz for swingman Alec Burks and a pair of second-round picks, sources told cleveland.com Wednesday night.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade.
According to sources, the Cavaliers will be receiving Utah’s 2020 second-round selection along with Washington’s 2021 second-rounder, which Utah currently owns.
Burks, a 2011 first-round pick, is in the final year of his deal. His addition gives the Cavs a player they like, one that will strengthen their backcourt. He’s also on an expiring contract worth $11.2 million, providing the Cavs another asset for a potential future trade.
The 27-year-old shooting guard is averaging 8.4 points on 41.2 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from 3-point range in 15.8 minutes this season.
Burks has battled injuries since his breakout 2013-14 season. The most games he has played since then is 64 in 2017-18.
Korver learned of the trade at the arena, nearly two hours prior to tipoff against the Thunder. He didn’t really have a chance to say goodbye, but players in the locker room were planning on calling or texting him following Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City.
Cavs head coach Larry Drew couldn’t comment on the deal because it hadn’t been made official.
Korver, 37, was hoping to be moved before the season. But the Cavs entered the year hoping to compete for a playoff spot and wanted him around for the early part of the post-LeBron James era.
Their season took a wrong turn early, getting off to a miserable, injury-plagued start and Korver, who was always viewed one of the team’s most valuable trade assets, was garnering plenty of interest on the trade market with numerous teams on the hunt for shooting.
For Korver, this deal allows him to go to a place where he and his family are familiar and comfortable while playing on a team that clearly values what he brings. The Cavs wanted to do right by him in this deal while also replenishing some future assets and they believe they did that Wednesday night.