Cleveland Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said the trade of Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz caught some of Korver's teammates off-guard, particularly the ones who are new to the business side of the league.
"I think veteran players that have been in this league, they understand the nature of this business and they know that anybody can be traded at any given time," Drew told reporters. "I think it's young guys who've never been through this, I think they're the ones who kinda are looking around. But no, veteran guys have experienced it.
"Veteran guys have been in situations, they understand the nature of this business, how it works. I don't think I have to massage anything. We're going to try to stay the course as much as we can and just get ready for every game we have to play and not worry about anything else."
Korver, 37, was sent to the Utah Jazz for shooting guard Alec Burks and two second-round picks -- a move the teams made official Thursday.
Korver took the news well and is said to be happy to returning to Utah, where he played from 2007-10. The Jazz advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season and feature dynamic second-year point guard Donovan Mitchell.
"Kyle’s on-court accomplishments are well known,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a prepared statement. “More importantly, though, Kyle is a great person and teammate. He sets an example in everything he does.
"His work ethic, character and dependability are all at a very special level and something we will always respect and be thankful for. We wish Kyle and his family the best as he continues his career back in Salt Lake City.”
Korver averaged 6.8 points off the bench this season, scoring a season-high 22 points in his final game with the Cavs. After the game, he said the Cavs "are trending in the right direction." He becomes the latest player off last season's Finals team to have departed the club in one way or another -- joining LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, Jose Calderon and coach Tyronn Lue.
"At the end of the day it's a business and anyone can get moved," Cavs center Tristan Thompson said, via Cleveland.com. "If the trade is right and it adds up then someone can get moved unless you have a no-trade clause. So the only two guys that are safe in the NBA are Bron and Steph Curry.
"Everyone else, you can be moved. All you can do is control what you can control. Come in, play hard every day, do your job and don't get in trouble."