Kyle Korver is not expected to play for Cleveland on Sunday

Kyle Korver is not expected to play for Cleveland on Sunday

The Cavaliers are trying to win their second straight National Basketball Association title.

For quite a few weeks there have been trade rumors surrounding the Atlanta Hawks, who have likely come to the realization that their team needs a revamp for them to have any hope of eventually knocking off King James in the East.

Everything the Cavs do affects one team more than any other: the Golden State Warriors.

With Smith out until at least mid-March with a fractured right thumb, the Cavs have been starting defensive specialist DeAndre Liggins at shooting guard, but his offensive game is virtually non-existent.

Nowadays, however, LeBron plays with undoubtedly one of the two or three best point guards in the NBA-a guy whom many consider the very best-Kyrie Irving.

That should benefit Korver, but don't kid yourself if you think shooting is the only thing he's good for.

REUTERS/Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsAtlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver sinks a three against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals. It doesn't matter. The Cavaliers are in the empire business, and Korver is another piece that puts them that much closer to a repeat. Friday's trade calls for the Cavs to send their first-round pick in June's draft to the Blazers for a 2018 first-round pick, which Cleveland originally sent to Portland along with Anderson Varejao in exchange for a future second-round pick at the February trade deadline past year.

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Two Boston University teammates Charlie McAvoy and Kieffer Bellows both scored in the second period to equal the score at 2-2. At 9:02 Jeremy Lauzon took a puck in the high slot after Adam Fox batted it away from Parsons and the American net.

Giving LeBron James and the defending National Basketball Association champions one of the best 3-point shooters in history seems nearly unfair. He has shot 40 percent or better from behind the arc every season this decade. Wojnarowski added Mike Dunleavy would be leaving Cleveland for an unidentified third team in the report.

James has mentioned the Cavaliers need for another ball-handler before.

"I'm pretty sure that we will", Lue said.

"You get a guy like Korver, even though (Atlanta) had Jeff Teague and Millsap and Al Horford when they won 60 games, the biggest fear for us (was) Korver", Lue said. They are low on assets to go get a real upgrade at backup, but then, they just got Korver for nickels. Korver was in uniform and on the Hawks bench. It also ensures that there is an elite shooting threat on the floor at all times. Korver was in the locker room getting dressed during media availability. Additionally, Korver will slot in perfectly with the Kyrie Irving-LeBron James-Kevin Love-Frye foursome that shoots opponents out of the building. There are shooters all over giving James more room to drive than he's ever had. Oh yeah, Korver is a career 47 percent shooter from the corner.

Korver has still been a valuable contributor to the Hawks, but it's clear that he'll never be better than he was during the 2014-15 season.

In the end this was a trade the Hawks had to make.