The Associated PressNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kyle Korver knew he wasn’t going to play for the Atlanta Hawks in New Orleans and likely would be wearing a Cleveland jersey the next time he hit one of his signature 3-pointers.
Still, he put on his Hawks warmups and stayed on the bench the whole game Thursday, counseling teammates and rooting them on as they sought a fifth straight win against a Pelicans team that had won its last four at home.
“To see him on the bench and continue to cheer us on, knowing that he’s going to another team — to me that says a lot,” Hawks forward Paul Millsap said. “To continue to support us says a lot about who he is.”
Dennis Schroder scored 23 points, Millsap added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hawks beat the Pelicans 99-94 by closing the game on a 14-6 run over the last 3 minutes.
The Hawks declined to confirm Korver was involved in a trade, which was not official when the game ended, but Korver spoke as if the deal was done.
“There are definitely mixed emotions. There are a lot of heart ties to Atlanta for a lot of reasons. A lot of friendships,” he said. “Obviously, it’s a great opportunity for me to go to Cleveland, so I’m very excited about that part.
“If there wasn’t the emotional connection that I have to Atlanta and the Hawks organization, it would be a different story. From a basketball perspective, [Cleveland] is a great, great fit for me and I know that.”Speech