CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Dellavedova is coming again to the Cavaliers. He will not acknowledge them.
Cleveland re-acquired the favored, scrappy guard on Friday in a three-team commerce with the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards.
The Cavaliers additionally acquired ahead John Henson and 2021 first- and second-round picks from Milwaukee, and a 2022 second-rounder from Washington. The Cavs despatched guard George Hill and a 2021 second-round choice to the Bucks, and ahead Sam Dekker to the Wizards. Milwaukee additionally obtained ahead Jason Smith from Washington.
Affectionately recognized to Cleveland followers as “Delly,” Dellavedova was a key member of the Cavs’ 2016 title group earlier than he signed with the Bucks later that summer season. He isn’t the identical participant, and the Cavs are removed from being the identical group, however his return will soften what has been a troublesome season.
Cleveland is simply 5-20 and rebuilding within the wake of LeBron James’ departure final summer season.
“I am glad my Aussie brother is again,” Cavs middle Tristan Thompson stated following a 129-110 loss to Sacramento. “Brings us veteran management, a man that is received earlier than, a man that is going to push Collin (Sexton), management the sport for the second unit and he’ll make pictures. He is good at throwing lobs to me, so I am actually blissful about that.
“I believe it is going to be good for our group, not only for myself, however for our group.”
Hill helped the Cavs attain the Finals final season, however the group wished to unload his contract whereas giving rookie Sexton extra enjoying time.
Sexton has already heard tales about Dellavedova.
“Everyone stated he is an actual good man, an actual good locker-room man,” he stated. “We misplaced George, which was my vet, so I am going to have to speak to Dellavedova and he’ll be capable of lead me how George led me. They are saying he practices exhausting too, so we will have some battles.”
The Bucks are getting a 46-percent shooter from 3-point vary in Hill, who matches into their new long-range capturing philosophy below first-year coach Mike Budenholzer, plus a backup to starter Eric Bledsoe. In addition they may doubtlessly save roughly $16 million in wage, assuming they waive Hill after this season.
“We’re excited to welcome George and Jason to the Bucks group,” GM Jon Horst stated. “George supplies us added depth and expertise on the guard place, whereas Jason offers us one other front-court participant who can stretch the ground.”
There was an urgency to get the deal agreed to earlier than 6 p.m. on Friday as a result of solely gamers on rosters by then may be re-packaged in different trades earlier than February’s deadline.
Hill’s days have been numbered in Cleveland. The Cavs are re-shaping their roster with an eye fixed on touchdown a serious free agent in 2020, and Hill was now not a part of the long-term plans due to his age and the group’s dedication to Sexton’s improvement.
Hill not too long ago returned after lacking 11 video games with a shoulder harm, a setback that solely delayed the Cavs in pulling off a deal so as to add extra belongings. Cleveland not too long ago traded sharpshooter Kyle Korver to Utah for 2 picks in 2020 and 2021.
The 28-year-old Dellavedova will get an opportunity re-start his profession with the Cavs. The Australian had been buried on Milwaukee’s bench and is averaging simply 1.7 factors and a pair of.four assists in 12 video games.
Henson not too long ago underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn ligament in his left wrist. He is averaging 5.6 factors and 5.1 rebounds in 14 video games.
Dekker was in his first season with the Cavs, who obtained him in an August commerce with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 6.Three factors and three.7 rebounds however missed vital time with a severely sprained left ankle.
“This commerce permits us to proceed to work to enhance our group and provides us a younger, creating participant in Sam whose versatility and athleticism on the ahead place will permit him to earn a possibility to contribute,” stated Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. “We want Jason the very best transferring ahead and recognize the worth he dropped at our group as an incredible teammate and true skilled.”
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