NBA Trade Rumors: Kyle Korver Would Help Hawks After Loss of Joe Johnson

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 13, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls reacts against in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After trading Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets, the Atlanta Hawks are in need of some help on offense.

Kyle Korver, who was a valuable role player for the Chicago Bulls last season, would be a nice fit.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweeted on Thursday:

Korver talks with Wolves and Blazers have died. Assume Bulls will circle back to Atlanta, which has traded player exception he'd fit into.

— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 12, 2012

Korver shot 43 percent from downtown last season for the Bulls and he's a career 41 percent three-point shooter. He can also be used at shooting guard or small forward.

Adding Korver would give the Hawks yet another option off the bench after they shot 37 percent from beyond the arc as a team in 2011-2012 (fifth-best in the league). He's also a nine-year veteran who has played for some contending teams and knows what it's like to play in the postseason.

The 31-year-old registered the fourth-highest PER of his career last season (13.6) and he's also a decent passer, generally making defenses pay for over-committing to him on the wing.

Beyond that, while Korver isn't the best defender, he is serviceable in that area. He's a strong, smart basketball player with quick hands who knows how to play team defense, as evidenced by his time in Chicago.

While the Hawks have a few legitimate outside shooters on their roster now, they likely wouldn't be giving up much for Korver, so it doesn't hurt to add another sharpshooter. After trading away Johnson, they could make up for his loss on the perimeter with a collection of players. They may be without the six-time All-Star, but they certainly have more depth these days.

Kyle Korver would be a strong role player for the Hawks as they gun for the playoffs next season.


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