As reported on SB Nation, “The Chicago Bulls have already released both C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer, and now, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls are engaged in trade talks that could send Kyle Korver packing.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Atlanta Hawks have been reported to show interest in the three point shooting NBA “veteran” who has played 9 years in the NBA. Korver is still one of the best three point shooters in the game today, but one problem has always stood in his way which would cause teams to show no interest in him: Shooting is all he can do. In the NBA playoffs, Korver’s playing time is limited due to the fact that he can’t play defense and that opposing guards such as Ray Allen or Dwyane Wade can easily get through Korver’s defense. With the Chicago Bulls being one of the best defensive teams in the NBA last season, Korver simply played no big part in that.
Last season the sharpshooter averaged 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. Korver had a three point shooting percentage of 43.5% which is 2% above his career average. All in all, Korver can still shoot. And for a team that lacks instant offense off the bench, the Timberwolves would definitely love to have Korver. Defensively, however, will be a problem for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is not necessarily a great defensive team aside from the rebounding category which is the last part of a defensive sequence. In the 2012 NBA Playoffs, with Derrick Rose out, Korver just averaged 3.1 points in 15 minutes per game. Furthermore, Korver just shot a subpar 30% from distance.
The Timberwolves already have a shooter in Anthony Tolliver but a veteran shooter like Korver will give the Wolves a little bit of boost on the offensive end but their defense will obviously crumble. I really am at a 50-50 on how I feel about Korver coming to Minnesota. The Timberwolves front office needs to focus on the big man situation and must continue to try and find more wing players.