Kyle Korver was once traded for summer league fees and copy machine

07/31/2014 at 11:42 am By

Kyle-Korver-Atlanta-Hawks-wallpaperAtlanta Hawks sharp-shooter Kyle Korver has developed into one of the most dangerous outside shooters in the NBA, but there was a time when he wasn’t nearly as coveted as he is now.

In a recent profile of Korver’s career to date, Grantland’s Zach Lowe writes that a then-2nd round pick Korver was traded by the New Jersey Nets to the Philadelphia 76ers for some uncommon terms.

As the second round of the 2003 draft puttered along, the Nets watched as teams ahead of them plucked every player in which New Jersey had interest. The team was so low on cash, it considered selling the pick to finance its summer league team.

With none of their preferred choices on the board, the Nets brass selected Creighton forward Kyle Korver with the 51st pick — and immediately sold his draft rights to the Sixers for $125,000. That covered summer league. With the leftover cash, the Nets bought a new copy machine.

“We gave away a good player for summer league,” says Rod Thorn, the Nets GM at the time. “It was just one of those things we had to do. At least, that’s how I rationalized it.”

Korver’s career may not be flashy to the casual NBA fan, but he’s carved out a nice career for himself. He’s led the NBA in three-point percentage twice (a ridiculous .536 in 09-10 and .472 this past season) while averaging a respectable 9.8 points per game in 11 seasons.

Korver may never be elected to the Hall of Fame, but the Ashton Kutcher look-a-like can claim he’s once been traded for a copy machine and still managed to put together a productive NBA career. And that’s pretty impressive.


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