San Antonio Spurs Miss on Kyle Korver in 2017 NBA Free Agency

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 23: Kyle Korver
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 23: Kyle Korver /
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The San Antonio Spurs were interested in Kyle Korver, until he signed elsewhere in NBA free agency.

The San Antonio Spurs only re-signed Patty Mills in NBA free agency. They will give him a four-year, $50 million deal to remain in the Black and Silver.

So far, the Spurs haven’t signed anyone from outside the organization. They still have their own players like Dewayne Dedmon, Jonathon Simmons and David Lee available in free agency, with Simmons the only reported one that San Antonio reached out to.

The Spurs had shown interest in Kyle Korver, according to AmicoHoops.net, who became a free agent on July 1. This was along with the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers desiring the 36-year-old as well.

However, Korver will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. It will be a three-year, $22 million deal, with an average salary of $7.3 million, if the years are equally paid.

Free agent Kyle Korver has agreed to a three-year, $22M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell The Vertical.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2017

Korver joined the Cavaliers in a midseason trade with the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 10.7 points in 24.5 minutes for Cleveland, playing 35 games (34 off the bench). This was part of the team’s run to the 2017 NBA Finals, losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games.

If Korver joined the Spurs, he could have played a sixth man role or replaced Danny Green in the starting lineup. Green was subjected to trade rumors, including a potential deal with the Cavaliers. 

Now San Antonio must turn its attention elsewhere, if Korver was a serious target. The team was interested in Mike Dunleavy, who could fill the role of a spot-up shooter off the bench. However, his name has been quiet since getting waived by the Hawks.

Next: Best FA Options Left for the Spurs

Who else could the Spurs target in NBA free agency? Should they have made a bigger attempt at signing Korver from the Cavs?

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