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It is done. The Atlanta Hawks announced today that swingman Kyle Korver is headed to Cleveland in a three player deal with the Cavaliers. The Hawks receive a future first round pick (2019, protected 1-10), forward Mike Dunleavy and guard Mo Williams.

Korver spent five seasons with the Hawks and averaged 10.7 points per game on 46% shooting from the field and 44.6% from three-point range. In his time with the Hawks, Korver set a then NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made with 127. Korver also made one All-Star appearance in his time with the Hawks in 2014.

Very quickly on the return for Korver: once fans get over the initial shock they will see that this is actually a decent deal for the Hawks. Korver was getting up there in age, was heading for free agency this summer (although I do believe he would’ve re-signed with the Hawks) and may have been heading for a payday that the Hawks might not have necessarily wanted to commit to (since Korver is 36 in March, even a two year deal would take him to 38).

In terms of what is heading to Atlanta with regards players, Mo Williams will not feature in the Hawks’ plans, Coach Bud made that clear today:

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It was normal day here in Ireland yesterday and I’m just scrolling through Twitter on a beautiful Irish evening — on a day where I should’ve been absorbing all The Finals media buzz — when suddenly I see the Hawks Twitter-sphere explode after Sham Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical tweeted this.

Quite the Tweet, wouldn’t you say? Out of the blue too. Even neutral fans were taken aback with this development.

Let’s give some brief context as to why this has arose:

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Well, that escalated quickly.

Unable to come to an agreement on an extension, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded the reigning Sixth-Man of the Year to the Houston Rockets. For full details on the trade, click here. Harden will likely sign an extension with Houston before Wednesday’s deadline.

Believe it or not, this move does affect the Hawks.

If Harden remained in OKC without an extension, he would have become a restricted free agent after the season. Without the extension, it would be unlikely that the Thunder would match an offer for Harden. (which is obvious, otherwise they just would have given him the extension) With the amount of cap space that the Hawks will have, it is without a doubt that the team would have pursued Harden, even if he wasn’t one of the team’s initial targets. (which are still Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Josh Smith)

I’ve got to hand it to Thunder GM Sam Presti, though; he does not mess around when it comes to his team. While Harden may be a great player, the contract that he is seeking would have completely restricted that franchise from making any moves in the future. They are still title contenders and can add more pieces pieces in the next couple of years, but they will surely miss Harden for his play-making abilities.