Sixers Trade Korver to Jazz for Giricek, Future First-Rounder
Posted Dec 29 2007 1:13PM
SALT LAKE CITY (December 29, 2007) – Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has acquired forward Kyle Korver from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for guard Gordan Giricek and a protected first-round pick.
“We made a trade which we feel improves our team this year,” said general manager Kevin O’Connor.
Currently in his fifth NBA season, Korver (6-7, 210, Creighton) has appeared in 337 regular season games, all with Philadelphia, and owns career averages of 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists while hitting .409 from three-point range. He appeared in 25 games this season for the 76ers, averaging 10.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.3 minutes.
Korver holds the 76ers franchise record for three-pointers made in a season (226 in 2004-05) and owns three of the franchise’s top-10 single-season marks for three-point accuracy. Korver also ranks second on the team’s career list for three-pointers made (661) and has twice been selected to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout.
Originally selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round (51st overall pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft, Korver’s rights were traded to Philadelphia in a draft-night deal. Prior to his NBA career, the Lakewood, Calif., native played four years at Creighton University, where he finished as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.
Giricek spent parts of five seasons with Utah after being acquired from Orlando during the 2003-04 season, averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 226 games as a Jazzman. He appeared in 22 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game.