Phoenix interest in Delly
SOUTH East Melbourne Phoenix officials will renew talks with Australian NBA star Matthew Dellavedova about an eventual NBL homecoming after reports he has been traded from Milwaukee back to former franchise Cleveland.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Bucks are sending a package of Dellavedova, John Henson and first (protected) and second-round draft picks in 2021 to the Cavs in exchange for George Hill and Sam Dekker – pending league approval.
Dellavedova spent three seasons in Cleveland and won a championship alongside LeBron James in 2016, before signing a lucrative four-year $US38 million contract with the Bucks later that year.
The 28-year-old Boomers guard has had a tough start to the season under new Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, averaging the fewest minutes of his career (8.1) after he fell out of the team’s rotation.
Dellavedova’s potential Cleveland homecoming has prompted passionate Cavaliers to rejoice, but his stay could be shortlived.
There are also reports that the deal needs to be completed quickly, as under NBA rules players traded before December 7 can still be moved again before the trade deadline in February.
Regardless, Dellavedova has one year and about $10 million left on his NBA contract. This hasn’t stopped officials from the Phoenix – the NBL’s newest franchise – from previously reaching out to him about playing in Australia when the time is right.
These discussions will be revisited following Dellavedova’s trade after Milwaukee to Cleveland, which has placed uncertainty over his NBA future until a deal is finalised.
The Phoenix have already signed former Adelaide star Mitch Creek, while they have their sights set on fellow 36ers like Nathan Sobey.
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