ATLANTA — The active Atlanta Hawks improved their long-distance shooting Monday, acquiring small forward Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls for a trade exception and cash.
The 6-foot-7 Korver averaged 8.1 points for the Bulls in 65 games last season, including seven starts. He ranked 10th in the NBA by making 43.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.
First-year Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been busy since taking over a few days before last month's NBA draft. He traded two longtime starters, All-Star guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets and forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz. Those deals brought in guards Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson, and forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro. The team requested waivers on Farmar on Monday. The Hawks also signed guard Lou Williams.
Korver gives Ferry and coach Larry Drew an experienced shooter who can help replace Johnson and Williams.
"I appreciate the toughness and the competitive energy Kyle brings to the game every night, and we're very excited to add him to our team," Ferry said. "Adding him makes shooting an even greater strength for our club."
The 31-year-old Korver has made at least 40 percent of his 3-point shots in six of his nine seasons with Philadelphia, Utah and Chicago. He set a league record by making 53.6 percent of his 3-point shots in the 2009-10 season with the Jazz.
Ferry's first draft pick for Atlanta last month was another strong 3-point shooter, guard John Jenkins of Vanderbilt. Jenkins was regarded as one of the top shooters in the draft.
KINGS ACQUIRE POINT GUARD: The Sacramento Kings have signed point guard Aaron Brooks and waived center Hassan Whiteside on Monday to clear space for Brooks. Phoenix withdrew its qualifying offer to Brooks on July 7, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Brooks was acquired from Houston at the 2011 trade deadline and appeared in 25 games with the Suns, averaging 9.6 points and 4.2 assists in 18.9 minutes. He played in China last season.
Terms of the deal were not announced.
Sacramento drafted Whiteside 33rd overall in 2010 as a freshman out of Marshall. The 7-footer averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19 games with the Kings over two seasons. He played in just one game his rookie year after tearing a tendon in his left knee in training camp.
CAVS' IRVING WILL HAVE HAND SURGERY: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will have surgery Wednesday to fix the hand he broke slapping a padded wall during a summer league practice.
The NBA's rookie of the year broke his right hand Saturday in Las Vegas as the Cavs were preparing for their summer league opener. Irving was upset after making a turnover and hit the padded wall in frustration. The Cavaliers said Irving was seen Monday by team doctors, who confirmed the original diagnosis. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic.
The Cavs estimate Irving will be ready for the start of training camp in late September.
Irving led Cleveland in scoring last season, and recently shined during scrimmages against the U.S. Olympic team.
FELTON HEADED BACK TO NEW YORK: The New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers have completed a sign-and-trade deal that sends point guard Raymond Felton back to New York as a potential replacement for Jeremy Lin.
Kurt Thomas, also a former Knick, also returns to New York in Monday's deal. The Knicks signed and traded forward Jared Jeffries, along with center Dan Gadzuric, the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a protected future second-round pick to Portland.
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