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Report: Kyle Korver agrees to four-year deal to stay with Hawks

Jul 3, 2013, 9:17 PM EST

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When word came out that Kyle Korver was no longer a lock to join the Nets, it immediately became all about the money for one of the league’s most consistent shooters from three-point distance, and with good reason.

Korver, 32, is likely at the point in his career where he’s in position to receive his final meaningful multi-year contract. He also apparently enjoyed his time in Atlanta last season, as he’s agreed to re-up there for the foreseeable future.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that Kyle Korver has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Hawks worth an estimated $24 million.

Korver was wooed by several teams in search of a sharpshooter, most notably Milwaukee, San Antonio and Brooklyn.

Stein also reports that Korver turned down a smaller offer of three years, $21 million to play for the Bucks.

Korver has shot 41 percent or better from beyond the arc for four straight years, and averaged 10.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game for the Hawks last season.

While Atlanta may have seemed like a familiar place for Korver to re-sign, the team he’ll be playing for next season will be an almost entirely new adventure. The team will have a new head coach in Mike Budenholzer, and has a ton of open roster spots to fill, with the only key players still under contract being Al Horford and Lou Williams. Josh Smith is widely expected to leave to pursue his options elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent, although there is a chance he could return under the right circumstances.

It’s no secret that Korver chose money over playing for a contender at this later stage of his career. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

  1. adoombray - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    For whatever it’s worth, “taking the money” isn’t even that bad a choice for a team getting a clean slate. Atlanta was just a 7th/8th sacrificial lamb the last few years. He gets to be that veteran player who is well respected and liked in the locker room and by the fanbase, with all the local endorsement opportunities that come with that, and has a chance to get a Chauncey Billups style “give him money because we all love him / he’s a glue guy” contract at the end even if his skills have diminished significantly. There’s nothing wrong with being a big fish in a little pond. Ask Marcus Camby how much it sucks to be the old guy who signed with a contender.

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Korver..the man can seriously not dribble or drive with the ball but hes so good at shooting it doesnt matter..

  3. muhast - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Maybe I’m bad at math. Milwaukee offers 3 yr 21 Millions(7 per year), he accepts Atlanta’s 4 year 24 million(6 per year) offer and that decision to take less money to stay on a team he is familiar with and had success with means he just went for the money? Last time I checked 6 million per year avg was less than 7.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      I must have been lied to throughout grade school then because I always thought 24 was higher then 21. Glad to know the real truth now.

      • adoombray - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        That, and getting a guaranteed year is a big deal. Money aside, these guys have been playing ball since they were little kids, retirement sucks, delaying “_____’s expiring contract” year as long as possible is in any NBA guys best interest, let alone the pure athlete inside who doesn’t want to be put out to pasture any sooner than their body absolutely demands. Take it from a guy who works from home now: “time with your family” is HIGHLY overrated.

      • badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        old math is > than new math by geeks.
        I like Kyle but he gotta stop wearing that eye makeup. No one is born with eyes like his.

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Overpaid either way. Idiots.

  5. flyingvien - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Why the crap would average salary matter?

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