Feb 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Kyle Korver (26) and small forward Josh Smith (5) (right) battle for a loose ball with Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler (21) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 93-76. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NBA free agency: Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver open to returning to the Chicago Bulls

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During the off season last year, the Chicago Bulls’ management group essentially destroyed the original bench mob, trading Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, Omer Asik, John Lucas III, Brian Scalabrine and Kyle Korver. As you know, the Bulls traded Korver for a measly second round pick.

Korver, the sharpshooting specialist he is, moved into the starting five with the Atlanta Hawks and has been averaging more points with his team, scoring approximately  11 points per game and averaging 45% from three point range.

Though he’s taking more of a leadership role with his new team, Korver still misses elements he had with the Bulls. According to Shams Charania of Real GMKorver said he would be willing to return to Chicago if the Bulls need his services.

“Totally, I would,” Korver told RealGM on Saturday night. “That’s a great organization, that’s an awesome jersey to put on. Great fans, good team. You only get to be a free agent so many times in a career, so I’ll definitely see what’s all there. But I would absolutely listen to what they’ve got to say.”

To replace Korver the Bulls signed Marco Belinelli formaly of the New Orleans Hornets. Though the Italian didn’t start the season as great as he could’ve, he improved over the course of time and is now averaging 14 points per 36 minutes and shooting 35% from three. Obviously not on Kyle Korver’s level, but it’s a great improvement nonetheless.

Though the Bulls signed Belinelli his contract isn’t guaranteed for next season. Kyle Korver however will become an unrestricted free agent this summer which now begs the question, would you like to see Kyle Korver back with the Bulls next season? Sound off in the comments below.

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