The Sixers get Gordon Giricek and a 1st round pick in return:
“We are excited about acquiring a player of Gordan’s ability, as well as an additional asset in the form of a first-round draft pick,” Stefanski said. “This move will provide us with increased salary cap flexibility this off-season and also allows us to continue our evaluation and development of the young talent we have on this team.”
In his sixth NBA season, Giricek has appeared in 350 games with 191 starts and has posted averages of 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.6 minutes per game. This season, the 6’6”, 220-pound guard has played in 22 games and averaged 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game, while shooting 40.2% (40-104) from the field and 35.3% (12-34) from three-point range.
This came out of nowhere. I guess the Sixers wanted to give Korver’s minutes to guys like Thaddeus Young and Rodney Carney and see what they have in them. New GM Eddie had this to say about the move of Korver:
“On behalf of the entire Sixers organization, I want to thank Kyle for the positive impact he has made on this team and the city of Philadelphia through his play on the court and, even more importantly, his philanthropic efforts off of it,” Stefanski said.
This guy really blossomed into a decent NBA player. He gave the Sixers something no one else on the team did: three pointers and free throw shooting. I’m not against the idea of stockpiling first rounders and seeing what the newer guys can do out there, I just wonder if the Sixers are now the only team in the league without a three-point threat. Korver was no stud, but he did bring that to the team.
And what about the Kyle Korver bobbleheads damnit?!
On Utah’s end, I can see how they made out there. First, they love shooters. Second, Korver is easy as hell to market. Third, Giricek and Jerry Sloan had been butting heads, and they were looking to unload this guy. He’s been non-existent this year, and Sloan the grouch recently got into a public disagreement with him during a game. So off they ship Giricek to the other side of the United States, and get a decent shooter in a return.
edit: Apparently Giricek is on the last year of his deal, so that explains why the Sixers took him.