Back in the summer of 2003, the Brooklyn/New Jersey Nets held the 51st pick in the NBA Draft. Either not wanting to add another player or not interested in the remaining talent on the board, the Nets front office drafted Kyle Korver, a skilled shooter from Creighton.
His stay in New Jersey didn’t last long as Korver was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers within minutes and the Brooklyn Nets received cash in exchange. So what did they do with the money, you ask? Maybe use it to sign a new player? Throw it in the bank to create some interest?
Nope, they used it to fund their summer league team and used the remainder of the dough to purchase a much needed copy machine according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com.
"With none of their preferred choices on the board, the Nets brass selected Creighton forward Kyle Korver with the 51st pick — and immediately sold his draft rights to the Sixers for $125,000. That covered summer league. With the leftover cash, the Nets bought a new copy machine."
I’ve heard of players being traded for a lot of odd things before, but a copy machine may be a new low in basketball history.
Even worse is that Kyle Korver has become quite a serviceable NBA talent and would be greatly appreciated on the Nets as we speak. Of course, that’s not to suggest that the copy machine hasn’t served its due either.
I’m sure it’s been hard at work printing tons of checks considering the amount of money the Nets organization has spent over the course of the past few seasons on Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and co.
It's a good thing that the Atlanta Hawks value their small forward a lot more than the Nets did. I wonder what office supplies Korver would command now in a trade. Printer and a Mac anyone?