The Cleveland Cavaliers are holding a fire sale.
Now that LeBron James has officially packed his bags to head to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers are getting ready to reload and rebuild. According to Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops, the Cavaliers are trying to trade George Hill and Kyle Korver:
“The Cleveland Cavaliers are actively looking to move point guard George Hill and sharpshooter Kyle Korver this offseason, league sources told Amico Hoops on Thursday.
The Cavs are facing a rebuild with LeBron James’ departure. The franchise wants to unload Hill’s massive contract and, ideally, acquire draft picks in exchange for Korver, sources said.”
The reasons for unloading both players are different. In Hill’s case, he’s due a massive $19 million in 2018-19 and the Cavaliers want to start eighth overall pick Collin Sexton. They have no plans to bring him off of the bench to back up Hill. The idea of buying out Hill is also mentioned as a possibility:
“Hill, 32, is due $19 million in 2018-19. The Cavs acquired Hill at the February trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings and were hoping they finally addressed their point guard situation after Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics.
The Cavs drafted dynamic guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft and have no aspirations to bring him off the bench. Cleveland is aware Hill won’t be fond of being reduced to a bench role and have been on the phones trying to find a new home for the veteran guard, sources said.
If the Cavs can’t trade Hill, a buyout could be possible.”
Korver has two years left on his deal at $7.5 million annually. While he remains a quality three-point shooter, the Cavaliers have very little use for him now that they’re no longer championship contenders. Cleveland is attempting to get draft picks in exchange for the three-point specialist:
“As for Korver, the 3-point specialist has two years left on his contract. He’ll make $7.5 million annually and the Cavs intend to gauge his trade value in the hopes of obtaining multiple draft picks, sources said.
The 37-year-old averaged 9.2 points in 73 games this past season and shot 45.9 percent from the field and 43.6 percent from three.”
Both players played key roles for the Cavaliers during their run to their fourth consecutive Finals appearance. Hill averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 assists per game as the team’s starting point guard after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings. He also averaged 9.7 points per game while starting during their entire postseason run, minus three games he missed due to a back ailment.
Korver averaged 9.2 points per game in 73 games and shot 43.6 percent from beyond the arc. The 37-year-old was originally acquired from the Atlanta Hawks via trade midway through the 2016-17 season.