With free agency beginning today, FRWD will begin looking at possible free agent targets for the Brooklyn Nets. Obviously, the Nets did their damage in a draft day trade to acquire Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Kevin Garnett from Boston, but the team will still have a few roster spots available.
We begin our series with Kyle Korver, who was a member of the Atlanta Hawks last season.
2012-13 stats: 10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 46% FG, 46% 3-pt FG, 2.6 3-pt/gm.
Last season, Kyle Korver enjoyed his best year since 2007 when he was with Philadelphia, hitting at least one 3 in just about every game and being at the top of the NBA in 3-point %. He has proven again and again that his shooting stroke is consistent and reliable and he would be a great fit on a contending team.
Korver makes a ton of sense for the Nets. This team is looking for wing shooters who can come in off the bench and knock down shots, much like Ray Allen, Mike Miller, and Shane Battier did for Miami last season. Additionally, Korver is good friends with Nets GM Billy King, who worked with him in Philadelphia, and Deron Williams, who was teammates with him in Utah.
The biggest concern is Korver’s salary. Last season he made $5 million with Atlanta, and after a career year, he will likely demand even more than that. The problem is that all the Nets can offer him is the mini-MLE, which is worth $10 million over 3 years. This means that if Korver wanted to come to Brooklyn, he could be sacrificing $10 million or more. He would have to be extremely unselfish to come to the Nets.
There’s no question that Korver would love to play for the Nets. However, because he can get so much more money elsewhere, the probability of him coming is low.
Chances Korver comes to Brooklyn: 25%