Trading Kyle Korver made sense for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. At 37 years old, he had no place in the team's long-term plans. Moving him was the best option.
Interestingly enough, not everyone agrees.
The Athletic's Joe Vardon reported earlier that multiple Cavs players were "upset" by the trade, as Korver was one of the team's best three-point shooters and a quality locker-room guy.
This season, the 1x All-Star is averaging 6.8 points on 46.3% shooting. Not particularly stellar numbers, but his ability to hit the three consistently has been an invaluable trait for the team since his acquisition by the team in 2017.
As mentioned above, despite these contributions, trading Korver was probably the best move to make in this case. The Cavs got a younger scorer in Alec Burks and a few second-round picks in exchange for a guy that didn't fit their plans anyway. Pretty sweet deal.
Nonetheless, the presence of Kyle was apparently a big deal for that team. We'll see how they respond going forward after losing him.
At least for Tristan Thompson, he understands that that's just how things go in the NBA.
"At the end of the day it's a business and anyone can get moved," Tristan Thompson told The Athletic's Joe Vardon. "If the trade is right and it adds up, then someone can get moved unless you have a no-trade clause. I don't know who has that. So the only two guys that are safe in the NBA are Bron and Steph Curry. Everyone else, you can be moved. All you can do is control what you can control. Come in, play hard every day, do your job and don't get in trouble."
In reality, the Cavs aren't playing to win-now anyway. In these rebuilding years, they're stocking up on hope for the future, not the present.
So for the Cavs, more than any other team, no player is safe between now and February.