CLEVELAND – With LeBron James taking his talents to Los Angeles, the Cleveland Cavaliers are underway in attempting to reshape their roster.
According to a report Thursday from Amico Hoops, the Cavs are actively shopping veterans, George Hill and Kyle Korver.
The 32-year-old Hill was acquired this past February at the trade deadlinefrom Sacremento, as Cleveland hoped to solidify a point guard position that had been a revolving door after they dealt Kyrie Irving last summer. Hill carries a massive $19 million cap hit next season and $18 million in 2019-2020 – the final year of his contract.
While battling injuries late in the regular season, Hill appeared in 24 games ahead of the playoffs. He shot 44.4-percent from the floor and averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 assists. Those numbers dipped a bit in the playoffs as Hill missed three games on way to The NBA Finals due to a back injury. In the Warriors’ sweep of Cleveland in The Finals, Hill averaged a meager 7.5 points per game and missed the key second free throw in the closing seconds of Game One, which cued the now infamous JR Smith meltdown that ended in a Cavs overtime loss.
Should the Cavaliers brass find that Hill’s contract is imovable, a buyout is an option as well.
Korver followed a similar path to Cleveland, joining the team at the trade deadline in 2017. The 37-year-old sharpshooter was an unrestricted free agent last summer but re-signed with the Cavs on a three-year, $22 million deal. He’ll be scheduled to make $7.5 million during the 2018-19 campaign.
This past season, Korver was shuffled in and out of the starting lineup. He averaged 9.2 points per game and more than lived up to his role by shooting an impressive 45.9-percent from the floor and 43.6-percent from three. In the NBA Finals though, Korver made just one three in four games. The 17-year vet has the highest three-point percentage among players who have 500 or more attempts beyond the arc over the last two seasons.
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