Detroit Pistons: 3 Potential Early Trade Deadline Targets

Kyle Korver, Cleveland Cavaliers
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#1: Kyle Korver

After a terrible start to the season and their firing of Tyronn Lue, the Cleveland Cavaliers are emphasizing the development of their young players. This means that players like Kyle Korver are likely available for the right price.

Korver would be a perfect fit with Blake Griffin and Dwane Casey‘s offense because he moves very well without the ball and is one of the best three-point shooters of all-time. Blake Griffin has been passing out of the post a ton since teams have started doubling him in the post, but the Detroit Pistons’ current shooters have not been able to take advantage of it as much as they should be able to.

Kyle Korver is a career 43.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc and is shooting 38.7 percent from there this season with the Cavaliers. That is a down year for Korver and would still be higher than Blake Griffin’s 36.2 percent, which is highest on the team currently.

Dwane Casey loves to play three-guard lineups and Korver provides a bit more size so that the Pistons aren’t playing undersized guards like Ish Smith and Langston Galloway together all the time in those lineups.

Kyle Korver could also rub off some of his knowledge on Luke Kennard, who could benefit greatly from learning to move around off the ball like Korver.

Korver is a seamless fit on almost any team due to his perimeter shooting ability, and he should be a player the Pistons go after hard. The asking price likely isn’t very high, but he is making $7.56 million this season (per Spotrac) so the Pistons could have some difficulty taking on his salary due to being cap strapped.

He should be target number one for the Pistons, but there is likely to be a lot of competition for his services due to how well he fits on most teams. Either way, they should definitely throw their hat in the ring.

Next Up: Target #2

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