NBA free agent watch: Kyle Korver

NBA free agent watch: Kyle Korver
April 30, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards. Washington currently does not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items, but six players on the current roster will hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. The Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection, but whatever positives rookies might bring will not included NBA experience. That's why we want to know these free agents a little better...

Free agent: Kyle Korver, SF, Atlanta Hawks  

Vitals: 6-foot-7, 212 lbs. Turned 32 in March 

Stats: Arguably the league's top long-range bomber not named Steph Curry, Korver shot 45.7 percent on his 3-point attempts, ranking second in the NBA. Over the last four seasons, the former Creighton star has made at least 41 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. In 74 games including 60 starts, Korver averaged 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.6 3-pointers and 30 minutes per game this season.

Playoff Matchup: No. 5 seed in the East, the Hawks are tied 2-2 with the Indiana Pacers after winning the last two games including Game 4 with Korver scoring 19 points with five 3-pointers. Through four games against the Pacers, Korver is averaging 9.8 points and shooting 45.8 percent (11 of 24) from beyond the 3-point arc. Game 5 is Wednesday night at Indiana. 

The fit: Webster joined the Wizards this season and turned in a tremendous campaign - and one virtually identical to what Korver delivered for the Hawks (at least on the court; numbers cannot express Webster's locker room presence). The difference is Korver has generated similar production in the past while injuries limited Webster in previous seasons. Even if Washington re-signs Webster, the roster demands another perimeter threat so who better than one of the game's premier shooters. Though the bulk of Korver's catch-and-shoot offensive game comes from outside the arc, the 10-year veteran is hardly a one-dimensional option. While not a natural wing guard, Korver along with Webster/ or Trevor Ariza could fill the minutes behind Bradley Beal. Besides, if Korver is on the Wizards' side, then this particular nightmare cannot happen again.

Chances of becoming a Wizard: As has been mentioned with other veteran free agent options, much depends on Korver's desire to play for a contender - and whether he puts the Wizards in that category for next season. This campaign marks the end the 3-year, $15 million contract Korver originally signed with the Bulls. If the free agent market dictates a similar price range, the Wizards could use their mid-level exception which next season starts at $5.15 million (h/t @MikePradaSBN). It's unlikely if not improbable that Washington could keep Webster and add Korver. However, if Webster sign elsewhere, Korver would be the kind of spread-the-court replacement John Wall would covet. 

NBA Free Agent profiles

*Antawn Jamison

*Devin Harris

*DeJuan Blair

*Mike Dunleavy

*Earl Clark

*J.J. Redick

*Nate Robinson

*David West

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