Did the Cavaliers break a promise to Kyle Korver?
According to a report by Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Cavs GM Koby Altman and Korver reached a “handshake” agreement when Cleveland signed him to a three-year, $22 million extension in July 2017. The agreement: If LeBron James opted out of his contract after 2017-18 to enter free agency, the Cavs would either trade Korver or buy out his contract before the 2018-19 season.
James, obviously, is gone, and the Cavaliers are floundering at 1-8. Korver didn’t need to be a genius to see hard times were on the horizon if James left town. According to The Athletic, Korver asked for a trade this summer, but was told the team needed him, and “they wanted him to play and for the team to try and win.”
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Yet so far, Korver has been an afterthought for the woeful Cavaliers. The 37-year-old guard is averaging only 5.5 points and 15.4 minutes per game, the lowest figures since his 2003-04 rookie season.
Vardon’s story outlines other signs of dysfunction in the Cavs’ locker room, including the fact that interim coach Larry Drew’s uncertain contract situation is confusing the team.
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