The Cleveland Cavaliers traded veteran sharp-shooter and potential Sixers trade target Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz this week in exchange for a pair of second-round picks and Alec Burks. Korver heads to a Jazz team that will be right in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture after staying with the young, rebuilding Cavaliers to start the season.
This will be Korver's second stint with the Utah Jazz. Nearly 10 years ago, on December 29, 2007, the Philadelphia 76ers dealt the then 26-year-old to the Jazz. In return, the Sixers received Gordon Giricek and a conditional first-round pick. Korver, at the time, was set to earn $15 million over the final three years of his deal (which now looks like a bargain), but general manager Ed Stefanski made the move to become more of a player in free agency.
"We're probably the only team that has that kind of money," Stefanski said. "We'd like to be a player in the free-agent or trade market this summer. We get in the game by doing this."
By moving Korver's contract, it actually helped them to make a splash in free agency as the Sixers inked Elton Brand to a five-year deal worth $79.795 million. Ed Stefanski cleared some more cap to sign Brand by sending Rodney Carney and a future first-round pick (ended up being Trevor Booker) to the Timberwolves.
As for Gordon Giricek, he only played 12 games for the Sixers. They waived him two months after the trade with Utah. The Croatian guard fell out of favor with Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and the two had a heated exchange during a game which led to Giricek getting sent home for three games. He wouldn't suit up for the Jazz again and barely played for Philadelphia despite him being excited to join the Sixers.
"It's a clean slate," 76ers president Ed Stefanski said. "He was excited to be joining the team."
Meanwhile, Korver ended up playing two plus seasons with the Jazz, shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc, before signing with the Bulls as a free agent in 2010. In 2012, Korver was traded from Chicago to the Hawks for cash. Atlanta made the playoffs for four straight seasons with Korver on the roster as the three-point specialist averaged 10.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting from three in 332 games with the Hawks. In 2017, Korver was traded to the Cavaliers and he signed a multi-year deal there prior to the 2017-18 season. All in all, Korver has shot 43.2 percent from beyond in 1,120 NBA games.