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Kyle Korver likely to play 1-2 more seasons, after mulling potential retirement

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New Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Korver is unlikely to hang up his sneakers just yet, despite his recent trade from the Utah Jazz earlier on Wednesday. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Korver is likely to play at least one more season, perhaps even two after mulling over this decision at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Korver has already etched a career that puts him among the greatest long-range shooters in NBA history, yet his last two seasons have seen him play the second- and third-least minutes since rookie season, now mired as a veteran mentor that can provide some occasional perimeter shooting.

The Creighton marksman played 70 games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Jazz last season, but he’s likely to play the role of a mentor in Memphis, unless he’s traded to a championship contender.

Korver has already amassed 12 NBA seasons shooting over 40% from deep and his stroke is still as deadly as it’s ever been, yet a lot of what he can do with the last bit of juice on his aging legs depends on the opportunity he’s provided.

The sharpshooter is guaranteed at least $3.44 million of his $7.5 million contract for 2019-20 if waived by July 7, so if he indeed plans on playing another year or two, it’s likely that the Grizzlies either agree to give him playing time or trade him to a team that will make the most of his skill set.