One key facet of the deal is that the first-rounder is protected, meaning that if the draft pick from the Cavaliers ends up among the first 10 selections, they get to keep it. I have mixed feelings about this trade.
Getty Alec Burks was traded to the Cavaliers today. I hope he will return one day. Ever since that season he has been plagued with injuries that kept him from ever finding his groove. In this picture, Korver of the Cavaliers reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, May 25, 2018. The fans have really embraced me and my family. He is definitely one of the more athletic players in the league.
In 17 games this season, Burks has averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 41.2% from the floor.
At 37 years old, Korver is ancient by basketball standards, but can still contribute in a key role. That is my big hang up on him. There have been repeated times where the Jazz have run good offensive sets, have generated an open look, and have had the shot clang off the rim.More news: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Moving To Frogmore Cottage
Burks is on a $11.53 million expiring contract, which could have value before the trade deadline.
He is now shooting 43.2% from the 3 point line. Whether it's Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, or other young players, that group has gotten much more of an opportunity to produce than veterans not named Tristan Thompson.
Kyle Korver is the 37 year old aged veteran who is a proven commodity. Acquiring Korver may be the piece they are missing to get back into the playoff hunt. People remember him well and remember his attitude toward Utah, which is favorable. That will be followed by a rematch two weeks later in Salt Lake City.
Jazz rookie guard Grayson Allen says he was surprised to learn of the trade that will send Alec Burks to the Cavaliers.