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.”
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.