The NBA free agency market has all but ended so now the buyout market has unofficially started. This is where Rockets GM Daryl Morey generally strikes gold, as he has added role players in the past such as Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and even Kenneth Faried last season. Here’s why Kyle Korver should be next on Morey’s list.
Kyle Korver just got traded for his second time this off-season, this time to the Phoenix Suns. I actually thought he was going to retire because it seems like he’s been playing for 80 years, however apparently he’s looking to continue playing. The problem is he’s apparently already narrowed down his list of teams and the Rockets are reportedly not one of them
Korver is still very good at what he does, which is knock down threes. Last season marked the 16th season for Korver, and yet he still shot 39.7% from three on the year, averaging 16 points per 36 minutes.
This was a down year for Korver, as he is a career 42.9% shooter from distance. In spite of this being a slow year, that shooting clip would have been second best on the Rockets last season. So even a “washed up” Korver would still be one of Houston’s two best three point shooters! Korver averaged 19.1 total minutes per game which would likely be more than he would be asked to play for the Rockets.
He certainly would not be able to contribute much on the defensive end, but he would thrive in a system with two elite passers such as Chris Paul and James Harden. He would also bring a wealth of playoff experience to a team in win-now mode. He’s been a part of two NBA Finals runs with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but ultimately lost both times.
Here’s to hoping Korver signs with Houston!