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Report: Bulls trade Kyle Korver to Hawks

Jul 13, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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Kyle Korver is taking his three-point shooting down south.

Korver has been traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Atlanta Hawks, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. And it’s not exactly a straight swap, it involves the Timberwolves and could involve Chicago getting Kirk Hinrich back in a sign-and-trade.

The Korver trade to Atlanta means the Bulls won’t have to pay him $500,000 had they waived his $5 million non-guaranteed contract.…The Korver trade is via Minnesota into Atlanta’s traded player exception, meaning Bulls get 2nd-round pick from Minny and save $500K.

The Hawks reportedly had been out of the deal and Korver appeared more headed to Minny earlier in the week. But things change. Fast.

Korver has one great NBA skill — he can knock down the three. Last season he shot 43.5 percent from distance, giving the Bulls 8.1 points and 22 solid minutes a game. Well, that was in the regular season, his production dropped off in the playoffs.

The Hawks were looking for shooters after sending Joe Johnson to the Nets. Which they were happy to do to ditch a massive contract, but you still want to get some of those points back.

  1. minnesotablizzard - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    What do the wolves get out of this??

    • Justin - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      I’m guessing the trade exception from ATL if that is possible. Then use that as a potential chip for the never ending Batum sign-and-trade/offer sheet saga.

    • NakedCowboy! - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:58 AM

      a giant boner…

  2. james2111 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I bet Korver is pissed!!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Doubt it. Bulls aren’t doing anything this year anyway and he will be a UFA following this season.

  3. spartytime - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Way to get rid of our only shooter. You suck pax. NO more hot sauce now. Were never gonna win anything with our FO. Why does every chicago team have morons for front office?

  4. heat256 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Korver: “I’m traded and heading south? Cool, I guess I’m taking my talents to South Be – wait, it’s Atlanta? &@^$^@*^#@”!!!!!!!

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      He’s not a flopper, wouldn’t fit in.

  5. paleihe - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I’m assuming his production fell off in the playoffs because D-Rose wasn’t breaking people down and creating open shots for him.

    Just a hunch.

  6. scottieplongballs - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    This whole story doesnt make sense. Go T-Wolves!

  7. rajbais - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I smell a contestant in the Dwight Howard trade sweepstakes.

  8. adzs - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    So the Hawks add Korver to a perimeter including Morrow and John Jenkins? Should be raining threes in Atlanta next season…..

  9. elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Not a smart move for the Bulls… this guy was dead on as a spot up 3 shooter.

    • hwatt - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      he had his limitations though, he wasn’t knocking them down every game, and there were plenty of times where he couldn’t move with the ball in the offense. He was either open or passing immediately to someone else, didn’t really show much handling skills. They could lose him and get someone who can move and score some points more consistently. not the end of the world, there are more role players out there.

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      makes a lot of sense when you can’t pay 5 mil to a guy who tries but is still bad on defense. You can find a shooter, Steve Novak came from out of nowhere and had the best 3 pt percentage in the league this yr for the Knicks.

      • elComandanteenJefe - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        Steve Novak also can’t play any defense.

      • pudgalvin - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        Neither can Korver. The problem is that against good, athletic defenses (Heat and Sixers), he gets absolutely shutdown. He couldn’t even get on the court in the playoffs against the Sixers despite the Bulls being completely desperate for anyone that could make a shot.

        That being said, not real sure what the Bulls are doing here. I guess they’re clearing space to match Omar, but losing Brewer, Watson and Korver and replacing them with Hinrich, Teague and essentially Jimmy Butler is a step down in the short term. Not a huge one, but the Bulls definetly haven’t gotten better this off season. All a moot point until Derrick is back, I suppose.

  10. pyledrive1 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM


    It looks like the hawks have finally replaced Jamal Crawford, right? :)

    • Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      I think Lou Williams is the replacement for Jamal Crawford. Korver replaces Marvin Williams.

  11. progress2011 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I’m really impressed with the squad Ferry is putting together in Atlanta (Lou Williams, Farmar, Devin Harris now Korver) !

    He is building a good foundation of complimentary players AND they have buckets of money to land a real star player, after unloading the often aloof Joe Johnson and that ridiculous contract.

    • bobulated - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Hawks have already said they will buy Farmar out.

      • progress2011 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Maybe the Hawks will buy Farmar out. It’s inconsequential and a small drop in the bucket to get rid of that Joe Johnson herculean contract.

        So, no matter what becomes of Farmar on the Hawks, it was a FANTASTIC pickup because they still may be able to get something for Farmar too.

        Farmar is a good quality guard and can come off the bench for almost any team.

        I’ll say it again, Ferry did the impossible by getting rid of down syndrome Joe !

        (no disrespect to people with down syndrome).

  12. chicagosworth - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    I had a feeling he was going to get traded. He was good on 3’s off the screen but not great defense. I was a fan of his but still very inconsistent. Let’s hope the Bulls have something in their bag of tricks!!

  13. brooklynbulls - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    This trade makes Reinsdorf a liar. He always said that he wouldnt mind paying the luxury tax if he could put a championship contender on the floor. This team was a contender. Who knows what happens this season with a healthy Derrick and Joakim? One of our strengths was our bench, and it’s been completely dissolved for cap space. Losing CJ and Brewer is one thing, but add Korver to that and we’re just giving away players 4 nothing.

  14. blueintown - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    We know what would have happened with a healthy Derrick and Joakim. The same thing that happened the year prior with a healthy Derrick and Joakim. What is happening now is acknowledgement of that.

    • pudgalvin - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Because no team has ever improved with the same roster.

      • blueintown - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        Did the team that was already better then them get worse?

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