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Kyle Korver once traded for summer-league expenses and a copier

Jul 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Hawks forward Kyle Korver has developed into one of the NBA’s unique weapons, a 3-point gunner at a time outside shooting is viewed more favorably than ever.

Once decried as a gimmick, 3-pointers are both efficient in themselves and valuable for spacing the floor.

But teams didn’t fully realize that when Korver entered the league in 2003.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

As the second round of the 2003 draft puttered along, the Nets watched as teams ahead of them plucked every player in which New Jersey had interest. The team, fresh off an Atlantic Division win and an appearance in the NBA Finals, was so low on cash, it considered selling the pick to finance its summer league team.

With none of their preferred choices on the board, the Nets brass selected Creighton forward Kyle Korver with the 51st pick — and immediately sold his draft rights to the Sixers for $125,000. That covered summer league. With the leftover cash, the Nets bought a new copy machine.

“We gave away a good player for summer league,” says Rod Thorn, the Nets GM at the time. “It was just one of those things we had to do. At least, that’s how I rationalized it.”

Summer-league costs can get expensive, especially for a team stuck in New Jersey and not drawing fans. There are entry fees, per diems and medical expenses. Plus, a copier is a valuable tool in any office.

But I think I’d prefer Korver.

I highly suggest you read Lowe’s full article for more enjoyable Korver info.

  1. nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Crazy story.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      What’s crazy is that probably 20 or more NBA teams said “we don’t know what to do with an effective 3 point shooter”. Goes to show you how inept the majority of NBA coaches really are.

  2. dacapt704 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    sounds like the old baseball expression “he got traded for a sack of (base)balls”

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Another one I enjoyed is when the Twins traded Dave Winfield to the Cleveland Indians for a steak dinner. Baseball is such a quirky sport.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    “It was just one of those things we HAD to do.”

    Uh, couldn’t think your way out of a wet paper sack is what it sounds like.

    There ARE alternatives out there. Some come up with them and some do not.

    That’s life.

  4. campcouch - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    That’s just sad.

  5. unxpexted1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    “They used the rest to buy a copier”. When i saw the headline i thought it was sarcasm. Crazy story.

  6. philswfc08 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Gimme the copier and a 6 pack

  7. milkman1989 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Guys please help. I’m doing a dissertation on the NBA focusing on its lack of competitiveness. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you answer my questionnaire, its only 4 short questions and i promise it will only take 1 minute max. Here is the link and I will be very grateful to the community on here. Sorry for spamming the posts and THANKS guys:

    • beagle11 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Good luck, the results of your research would make for an interesting blog post.

      • milkman1989 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Thanks dude, so interesting reading up on it (salary caps, drafts, revenue sharing etc.) and the theoretical and economic aspects to them that get lost. And you wont be surprised that everyone thinks teams tank.

  8. irvness21 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    so your a franchise who gets hundreds of millions of dollars per year and your organization could not afford $125,000.00 to fund a summer league program and buy a new copier. I think that whole financial department needed to fired. Thats crazy!!!!

  9. whodey83 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    And a side of rice pilaf?

  10. 2016olympics - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Ed Monix for a Washing Machine anyone??

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