We are approaching the halfway mark of the season and the trade chatter is beginning to heat up. So here’s a recap of the Korver trade, All-Star voting, and some chatter going on around the league.
Korver traded to Cleveland, Millsap next?
Just a few days after the initial rumors began to swirl that the Hawks were listening to offers for Millsap and Korver, Atlanta pulled the trigger on a dealto send Korver to the Cavs.
Cavs GM David Griffin deserves a lot of credit for pulling off this deal, as adding Korver should not only help with depth in the playoffs, it’ll make it easier on the Cavs who are without JR Smith for the foreseeable future. Korver is an unbelievable shooter, converting on .409% of his attempts from downtown. With better spacing in Cleveland, Korver is going to be open all the time with arguably the best distributer in the game (LeBron) dishing him the ball. Korver is currently shooting .479% on open looks from 3-point range, and he’s about to be more open than ever — he could become one of Cleveland’s most dangerous weapons. The Cavs aren’t done making moves either. LeBron has made it clear that he wants another point guard added to the roster too.
For Atlanta, Paul Millsap is likely to be dealt next. Believe it or not, he is actually the only remaining starter from that 60-win team in the 2014–15 season. If and when he is traded, the Hawks will have a new core featuring Schroder and Dwight Howard. This also begs the question — is this what Dwight signed up for this summer? If not, could he possibly want out of Atlanta?
— 2017 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 5, 2017
The first returns for the 2017 All-Star Game are in, and LeBron James leads the way with 595,288 votes. While the first returns show the results of fan vote, the All-Star voting did change this season. The fan vote will count for 50%, while the media will get 25% of the vote, and the players will also get 25% of the vote. This should prevent players like Zaza Pachulia from getting in the game, even though he somehow has the 2nd most votes in the Western Conference frontcourt.
It’ll be interesting to see how the player vote shakes out. Will players tend to vote for their friends around the association? Or will they vote for who they actually think has been the best this season? We’ll have to wait and see.
We’ve already got you up to date with the Korver trade and Millsap rumors, so here is the rest of the trade chatter around the league:
The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly looking for two first rounders in a deal for Brook Lopez. Lopez seems to be in rumors every year and hasn’t been moved yet. With no first rounder, the Nets have no incentive to tank. But, the point of trading Lopez would be to get them back in the lottery.
The Blazers are reportedly interested in pursuing Tyson Chandler to help their defense. Portland currently has the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the league and could certainly use Chandler’s help down low.
The Nuggets have reportedly made Jusuf Nurkic, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and Kenneth Faried available via trade.