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Kyle Korver retires, joins Nets as player development coach – report

Kyle Korver retires, joins Nets as player development coach – report

GUNNER. Kyle Korver earned the only All-Star selection of his career during his time with the Hawks.

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Veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver joins the Nets in a player development capacity, almost two decades since the franchise drafted and traded him for cash

Longtime NBA guard Kyle Korver is retiring as a player and joining Steve Nash’s staff with the Brooklyn Nets as a player development assistant coach, The Athletic reported Thursday, August 12.

Korver, 40, last played in the league in the 2019-20 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 17 NBA seasons, he averaged 9.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game over 1,232 games (423 starts).

He retires fourth all-time in career three-pointers made with 2,450, though Nets star James Harden is likely to surpass him early next season.

The then-New Jersey Nets drafted Korver in the second round in 2003 and traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for $125,000 in cash. As the story goes, the Nets used some of that money to buy a new office copy machine.

He never played for the Nets, but now joins them in a player development capacity after suiting up for the Sixers (2003-07), Utah Jazz (2007-10, 2018-19), Chicago Bulls (2010-12), Atlanta Hawks (2012-17), Cleveland Cavaliers (2017-18) and Bucks.

Korver was named an All-Star one time: in 2014-15 with Atlanta, a season that he finished with averages of 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, a 48.7 shooting percentage, and a 49.2 rate from three-point range in 75 games (all starts).

Brooklyn finished last season 48-24, good for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, but fell to the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. –