Cavs exploring Korver trades, send Smith back to bench

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The Cavaliers reportedly have started to re-examine the trade market for sharpshooter Kyle Korver and may start looking to move some other veterans, too.

It is believed the Cavs would like a draft pick for Korver, though they would also have to take back a player for salary-cap purposes. Contending teams are likely to be the only kind interested in Korver, who would add experience and the threat of perimeter shooting wherever he may go.

The Cavs spoke with several teams during the offseason about potential Korver trades, and according to ESPN, they are "circling back on those talks."

The Philadelphia 76ers are said to be one of the teams the Cavs spoke with previously -- with a potential deal centered on Korver and Sixers reserve point guard Jerryd Bayless. While those talks died, it's no secret the Sixers are looking to add outside shooting to a roster built around younger players such as center Joel Embiid and guards Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

Korver and guard J.R. Smith were told after the first two games that they would be removed from the rotation, only to be brought back in by former coach Tyronn Lue.

Lue was fired Sunday and replaced by lead assistant Larry Drew, who has since been open in discussing a desire to have his contract restructured.

"We're actually kind of just weighing our options on [it not working out]," Drew said. "Moving forward, I know there is a possibility that it may not be resolved."

That aside, it appears Korver's playing time could dwindle, while Smith again has been told he's headed back to the bench.

"For the second time this season, Smith was informed he would be removed from the rotation and not receive guaranteed playing time," ESPN reported, citing sources. "Smith was upset by the news and considered taking some time away from the team."

Smith remained with the Cavs for their 136-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, but did not get in the game. Korver scored three points in 15 minutes.

Korver, 37, is averaging 6.0 points on 58 percent shooting, including 46 percent on 3-pointers. Smith, 33, is averaging just 2.5 points in 12 minutes a game. He has sat three times for the 1-6 Cavs.

Along with all that, All-Star power forward Kevin Love is expected to miss at least two weeks, and likely more, with a an undetermined injury to his left toe.

"The Cavs could become more active in looking to trade other veteran players in the coming weeks," ESPN reported.