And so it begins: Hawks deal Korver, start their rebuild (podcast added)

The Hawks traded Kyle Korver to Cleveland and it could be the first in a series of moves for the team, with Paul Millsap a potential major player to go before the trade deadline. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

The Hawks traded Kyle Korver to Cleveland and it could be the first in a series of moves for the team, with Paul Millsap a potential major player to go before the trade deadline. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

This is not the fun part. This is when you start to see the Hawks turn their attention away from this season and focus on the future, even if the soundbites emanating from the organization won’t suggest anything of the sort because that would just be … not good for ticket sales.

There goes Kyle Korver.

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The Hawks are trading their best three-point shooter and starting two guard for most of the last five seasons to the Cleveland Cavaliers. There Hawks reportedly will receive a 2019 protected first-round pick and Mike Dunleavy in deal, according to reports. The Hawks are expected to move Dunleavy to a third team.

UPDATE: The trade is still not finalized, but according to the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore: “… As it currently stands, according to a person familiar with the situation, in exchange for Korver the Hawks will get a protected first-round draft pick (Nos. 11-30) in 2019. The pick will move to a 2020 protected pick if it does not convey in 2019. Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Mo Williams will also come to the Hawks as part of the deal. To make room for two players, the Hawks must open a roster spot. They are expected to waive Ryan Kelly. …  The Hawks have spoken to multiple teams about Dunleavy and it is possible the guard/forward could be traded to another team. He could also remain with the Hawks who will have essentially traded Korver for Dunleavy and a first-round pick.”

Think: Almost any Braves trade from the last two years.

Korver said after Thursday’s game at New Orleans that he has “a lot of mixed emotions” about the trade and will be leaving behind “a lot of relationships.”

But he added, “Obviously, going to Cleveland is a great opportunity for me.”

This was about as nice a thing as the Hawks could have done for Korver, assuming they were going to trade him. It puts him in a position to win his first NBA championship with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. (The Cavaliers have swept the Hawks out of the playoffs in the last two seasons.) Korver turns 36 in March and he’s in his 14th season.

On a personal note, I hate this. Korver is one of the most thoughtful and professional athletes I’ve come across. He has been one the leaders in the locker room since former general manager Danny Ferry acquired him from from Chicago in 2012 for “cash considerations.” When Ferry signed Korver to a four-year extension after the 2012-13 season, some might have thought the deal was a bit too long for a player of Korver’s age, but it proved to be a great deal.

But from a basketball perspective, a deal makes sense. The Hawks were on a four-game winning streak following Wednesday’s win in Orlando but their 19-16 record did not suggest to the front office, including coach and team president Mike Budenholzer, that the team was on track to do anything special in the playoffs. Korver was in the final year of his contract (just over $5.2 million) and was not going to be re-signed.

I was among those who spoke to Korver and Paul Millsap after Tuesday’s workouts about the potential of being traded, and Korver said, “Last year there was all this talk and nothing happened. Who knows? We don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors. The Hawks are going to do what is best for them.”

I wrote Tuesday that it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Hawks begin the rebuilding process now and that dealing Millsap, who is coveted by contenders like Toronto, Boston and Oklahoma City, could bring back valuable assets.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23. But the Hawks have decided not to wait that long.

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lowlow
lowlow

I have some hope that Howard provides a chance not just a different face.  The old Hawks of Milsap and Horford were good and won some series but were simply too small. I was personally hoping no Bazemore (we will regret that signing) and  having Horford at power forward and Milsap at small forward - but it didn't happen.   Teague wanted a trade sooo it was time for him to go - Korver was like Maddox - a guy with limitations who played so smart he made up for his limitations.  But his age has caught up with him.  


I'm not convinced they are blowing up the team.  My guess is Milsap remains.  Bazemore is there issue.  Hardaway has played well and can create his shot - something Korver could not do - but they need another shooter besides Hardaway.  And Hardaway needs to play better defense.  So what to do with baze?

Peachs
Peachs

Should have never gotten rid of Danny Ferry!

Peachs
Peachs

@Michael2255 Ferry was falsely accused, fried by the press, maybe that is why we can't win stuff here in Atlanta..  No research just fire the guy, because he is arrogant. We get what we deserve.  The real guy, they accuse Ferry of being, just got elected president.  Go figure. 

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

Wes Wilcox should be fired if he turns this into the Braves type of plan

DawgNole
DawgNole

@FreeAgentFan 

Espn is reporting today that Wilcox made a racially insensitive remark in December.

These bumbling buffoons can't get out of their own way.

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

This is so ATL Spirit like.  Now we have 2 teams in this city deliberately trying to lose

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

I love it! Another incompetent rebuilding franchise who wants millions from the city to improve their facility! Can we move these idiots to Cobb too? Or Winnipeg?

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

@FineousMcDirtyBird  Or, Seattle.  It is cheating the fans and the existing players on the roster -- and its not like this team is all that bad

BR438
BR438



So, let me get this straight.  Everyone gripes about all the shots he was missing and how dead legged he was and now you're griping cause he's gone?  I like Korver as a man and as the player he was...key being was.  I'm happy for Kyle that he's on a contender but let's not pretend we've lost some great star.  I do agree that firing Ferry was the worst move ever.



martpass
martpass

Great article....Bring back Danny Ferry


khd713
khd713

Does anyone think Danny Ferry would have signed Howard and Bazemore to huge contracts? In my opinion, the politically correct insanity that ran Ferry out of town will go down as one of the most epic sports blunders this city has seen – and there have been many.

AMFILMSHD
AMFILMSHD

yo Mo Williams is a part of this trade Jeff.

GaLatino
GaLatino

@AMFILMSHD And Jeff gave it all the mention and consideration it deserves.

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

The Hawks' personnel moves since they jettisoned Danny Ferry have been abysmal for the most part.  Tim Hardaway, Jr?  Hey, is Efram Zimbalist, Jr available?


Not sure if Dwight makes them better, just different.  


Now Korver leaves in exchange for Dunleavy - who will be moved - and a protected first round pick.  


Awesome!  


Catch Hawks fever!  Be careful what you wish for.  It might give you the runs.  


Best of luck to Korver.

John1066
John1066

What is the protection on this potential pick? Seems like this could be a trade where we actually receive nothing in return. Even if we do, two years from now is hardly going to build excitement now.

khd713
khd713

@John1066 Presumably it's lottery protected, which means it almost certainly will happen.

tipstotips
tipstotips

Glad it's Cleveland. Good for Korver.

slydawg
slydawg

Sorry Jeff, the rebuild started a year too late. Now they are essentially getting nothing but "potential and/or conditional/protected draft picks. Teague was traded in the off season for almost nothing in immediate return. The Hawks could have taken advantage of a desperate suitor and gotten back more immediate value or even an unprotected lottery pick for either Teague/Horford/Milsap/Korver. At this point, this will be a 3 to 5 year "hopeful" project.

Wrecker
Wrecker

In the days of spoiled, petulant athletes, Kyle Korver was a selfless professional, the highest praise I can offer a player.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Wrecker 

Yup. Selfless professionals no longer fit in--regrettably.

slydawg
slydawg

No use in being selfless if you can no longer produce and contribute in order to make any organization successful. Keeping the nice guys around guarantees nothing but happy times, not results. Businesses exist to make a profit, not employee happiness.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@slydawg 

And by all means we should follow the Hawks' business model for success--half a century without so much as a single appearance in the finals.

Yeah, that's the ticket!

Duh!

Richard Weiener
Richard Weiener

Miss Danny Ferry yet politically correct Hawks? You suck.

moboman
moboman

 Loved  watching him nail dagger threes in bunches, but it is the right time to make a deal and get some value for him.  Better than letting his contract expire and getting nothing.  He's 36, and a good tradable asset for a contender to pick up.  

DawgNole
DawgNole

@moboman: "He's 36, and a good tradable asset for a contender to pick up."

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So the Hawks aren't a contender--yet again??? 

Surprise!

Gman37
Gman37

Brilliant....this year they beat Cleveland, Toronto, and San Antonio and they want to blow up the team? 'Nique needs to speak up and remind the front office about his trade for Danny Manning. Sad to see Korver go! Keep and resign Millsap! The Dwight Howard experiment is working!

creative
creative

Agree man. Can't believe we make a trade to a team we will face in the playoffs. It's like why even play ??

brushback69
brushback69

He was a good Hawk, I'll miss him...

mgunter
mgunter

Where's Danny Ferry when you need him? Ridiculous that they got rid of him.

DawgNole
DawgNole

"This is not the fun part. This is when you start to see the Hawks turn their attention away from this season and focus on the future . . . ."

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As they've done every year since beginning play in ATL in 1968.