Deal done: Matthew Dellavedova headed back to Cleveland via trade
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 09, 2018,
Dec 09, 2018, 1:20
Nicknamed "Delly", Dellavedova helped the Cavs win an National Basketball Association title in 2016 and is a huge fan favorite.
It appears that he has helped Cleveland rookie point guard Collin Sexton for when Sexton took over the starting point guard role when Hill was sidelined with a reported shoulder injury, and now on a contending team in Milwaukee, Hill won't be taking minutes away from Sexton in crunch time.
Milwaukee now has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Toronto Raptors by 3.5 games, and managed to save around $18 million in cap space for next season by moving two hefty contracts in the deal.
Sexton, the No. 8 overall pick in the June draft, has already heard stories about Dellavedova.
"We're excited to welcome George and Jason to the Bucks organization", GM Jon Horst said.
Hill's days were numbered in Cleveland.
Hill was highly expected to be traded from the Cavs after it was clear that the team was heading towards the direction of a rebuild. The Cavs could have won Game 1 of the 2018 Finals if Hill made that free throw, something that could've changed the course of the series.
Cleveland recently traded sharpshooter Kyle Korver to Utah for two picks in 2020 and 2021.The Cavs are targeting 2020 to land a big-name free agent, and should have plenty of salary-cap space to add one.
In 13 games played this season, Hill is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 assists on 26.5 minutes per game.
The 28-year-old Dellavedova will get a chance to re-start his career with the Cavs. Drafted by Milwaukee in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft, Henson is now sidelined after left wrist surgery on November 27.
Henson, 27, averaged 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 14 games for the Bucks this season. The team is still working on a trade for guard J.R. Smith, as teams like the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly expressed interest, according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.
"This trade allows us to continue to work to improve our team and gives us a young, developing player in Sam whose versatility and athleticism at the forward position will allow him to earn an opportunity to contribute", said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld.