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Kyle Korver retires, joins Nets as player development coach

/ 03:20 PM August 13, 2021
Kyle Korver #26 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after shooting a three point basket against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

FILE — Kyle Korver. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Longtime NBA guard/forward 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.

Korver, 40, last played in the league in 2019-20 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).

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He retires fourth all-time in career 3-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.

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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 and 2.6 assists, a 48.7 shooting percentage and a 49.2 rate from 3-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.

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