The Phoneix Suns are expected to buy out the recently acquired Kyle Korver, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. They got the veteran sharpshooter in a trade that seems to be a salary dump of former lottery pick Josh Jackson.
Korver, who played with LeBron James in Cleveland, will be highly sought after. According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers, Bucks and 76ers are all considered frontrunners to sign him once the trade and buyout go through.
The Lakers have laid low in free agency so far, only handing veteran minimum deals to Jared Dudley and Troy Daniels as they continue to wait on Kawhi Leonard’s decision. Korver would immediately shoot to the top of their wishlist due to his 3-point shooting propensity.
The 37-year-old would sign with whichever team he chooses on the veteran minimum meaning they can go over the salary cap to acquire him. Therefore, the Lakers could pursue and sign the career 42.9% 3-point shooter without affecting their available cap space to sign Leonard or other free agents. Korver shot 48.5% from behind the arc during his Cavaliers stint alongside James.
The Lakers have also been rumored to be interested in veteran forward Andre Iguodala if the Memphis Grizzlies buy him out.