LeBron says Cavaliers still need a indicate guard

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NEW YORK — As a Cleveland Cavaliers finalize a understanding to acquire sharpshooter Kyle Korver from a Atlanta Hawks on Friday, LeBron James announced that a work is not finished for a fortifying champions.

“We still got a integrate some-more things we need to do,” James pronounced during Cavs shootaround Friday morning in credentials for their diversion opposite a Brooklyn Nets. “We got to get a indicate guard.”

It was a delay of a indicate ensure drum James was violence after a Cavs mislaid to a Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

“Yeah, it’s my final time observant it,” James said. “We need a indicate guard.”

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The Cavs are in low discussions to acquire maestro shooter Kyle Korver from a Hawks, sources reliable to ESPN. Korver called Cleveland “a good opportunity” Thursday night.

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    The Cavs’ register would be during a limit of 15 players should a Korver understanding embody Mike Dunleavy as a sole actor being shipped out. But underneath a stream horizon of a trade, a Cavs would send Mo Williams, Dunleavy and a stable 2019 first-round collect to a Hawks for Korver, sources said. The teams are articulate about relocating Dunleavy to a third organisation though had not nonetheless found one, sources said.

    Both DeAndre Liggins‘ and Jordan McRae‘s contracts don’t turn entirely guaranteed until Jan. 10. If a Cavaliers chose to partial ways with one of a dual in sequence to emanate a register spot, they would need to do so by Saturday in sequence for a actor to be processed in a 48-hour window it would take to transparent waivers by Jan. 10.

    Liggins is positively safe, as Cavs manager Tyronn Lue pronounced he will sojourn a starter in a backcourt, even when Korver presumably reports to a team. And Lue done a indicate to tell reporters that McRae was on a justice Friday morning, refuting a idea that a swingman could be on a approach out.

    According to a organisation source, there is a “zero percent chance” McRae will be waived.

    There is a probability that Cleveland will be means to negotiate a buyout with possibly Williams or Chris Andersen, who are both occupying spots on dead-weight deals.

    “I consider that’s a subsequent step,” James pronounced of a indicate ensure addition, “… and, uh, we know, we demeanour during a league, many teams have 3 indicate guards. We usually have two, with [Kyrie Irving] and a strip in Kay [Felder]. we consider only carrying that secure sweeping [is important]. Every NFL organisation has 3 quarterbacks. Having that secure sweeping in box of a [situation like a Raiders losing] Derek Carr. We’ll see what happens, though we’re happy with a organisation right now.”

    Indeed, there was a conspicuous fun among a Cavs as they took a justice during Basketball City on Pier 36 on Friday, as they deliberate a probability of adding a former All-Star in Korver to their already achieved group.

    “It’ll be good for a team,” James said. “Got to get him a ball. It adds another energetic square to a team. Hell of a sharpshooter and only a good guy. Great professional, as you’ve seen over his career, so once he gets here, we’ll be happy to have him.”

    Korver, a career 42.9 percent shooter from 3, is sharpened 40.9 percent from over a arc for Atlanta this deteriorate though has done a whopping 49 percent of his open opportunities.

    With a trade for Korver still not official, Lue was primarily decorous about what his further could mean.

    “What shooter?” Lue said. “Like me? Well, s—, if we supplement me, man, butt-naked shots, nobody around, I’d substantially fire 54 percent.”

    While James wouldn’t envision a commission for Korver, he did contend a 14-year maestro would develop in Cleveland.

    “We’re going to get him a ball,” James said. “He’s on a building for a reason, and we’re going to get it to him.”

    The trade for Korver is approaching to be finished by Saturday, a Cavaliers source told ESPN. Korver did not accompany a Hawks to Dallas for their diversion Saturday opposite a Mavericks, joining sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein.

    While Korver would certainly assistance assuage a deficiency of J.R. Smith, who could skip adult to 3 months with a right ride injury, Lue was privately vehement about how Korver will filigree with a second unit, quite when Kevin Love is on a building with them.

    “Especially a male who can pierce though a round a approach he moves entrance off screens and things like that, there’s no improved guy,” Lue said. “I mean, him, Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], right now entrance off screens and being means to make shots and make plays.”

    Dunleavy done a moody with a Cavs to New York though was not benefaction during shootaround Friday.

    The understanding comes roughly dual years to a day when Cleveland done mixed trades to acquire Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov, moving a authorization to back-to-back Finals appearances.

    “No disregard to anyone who has come and gone, they do a good pursuit of stuffing voids when we need it or adding a small bit of abyss when we need it,” Love pronounced of ubiquitous manager David Griffin and a Cavs’ front office. “I consider Kyle does that for us. With Swish out, we’ll be means to fill a lot of a sharpened we haven’t had during that position. we keep observant a word ‘depth,’ supplement some-more abyss for us and get another male out on a building — a healthy body.”

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