Kyle Korver to stay in Atlanta after signing multi-year deal
The sharp shooting Korver was previously unlikely to stay in Atlanta, with Marc Stein of ESPN reporting Sunday that the Brooklyn Nets had Korver in “the bag.” However, as better offers started to pour in from more teams searching for a sharpshooter in free agency, the Brooklyn Nets were believed to have lost any leverage. Beside the Nets, those teams avidly pursuing Korver most notably also included the Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs.
But the Milwaukee Bucks were limited to offering a three-year deal worth $21 million to Korver. When he turned down their offer, the Milwaukee Bucks instead turned their focus to O.J. Mayo.
The Hawks brass reportedly met with Korver in California this week. The team was also in Los Angeles to make their pitch to Dwight Howard to sign with the team in free agency.
Korver had one of his best seasons in Atlanta, starting 60 of 74 games, while averaging 10.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. He also ranked second in the NBA by shooting 45.7 percent from the 3-point range. Korrver had 189 3-pointers, which rank fourth most in the league and he was 15th in the league in terms of attempts (414).
Although Korver will be returning with the Atlanta Hawks already playing one season with the team, it will be a different experience on as the club rebuilds its roster. There are expected to be several open roster spots to fill this offseason with Al Horford and Lou Williams arguably the only key players still under contract with the Atlanta Hawks. Josh Smith is likely to land a new contract elsewhere in free agency, though there is a chance that he could re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks if ideal circumstances develop. The Hawks will also be playing under a new head coach Mike Budenholzer this year.
But Korver impressed general manager Danny Ferry and former head coach Larry Drew with his mature character, professionalism and competitiveness last season. He also seems to fit the mold of the players the Atlanta Hawks are going after this year. Korver said he even told during his exit interview that the team would like to re-sign him.
“I enjoyed the team. I enjoyed the organization… I’m very open to coming back here,” said Korver back then. “I believe Ferry is going to do some great things here. I really think he is. I think it’s a great opportunity to bring in guys who are going to play fun basketball.”