Dellave­dova re­turns to Cavs in three-team trade

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CLEVE­LAND (AP) – Matthew Dellave­dova is com­ing back to the Cava­liers. He won’t rec­og­nize them.

Cleve­land re-ac­quired the pop­u­lar, scrappy guard on Fri­day in a three-team trade with the Mil­wau­kee Bucks and Washington Wiz­ards.

The Cava­liers also re­ceived for­ward John Hen­son and 2021 first- and sec­ond-round picks from Mil­wau­kee, and a 2022 sec­on­drounder from Washington. The Cavs sent guard Ge­orge Hill and a 2021 sec­ond-round se­lec­tion to the Bucks, and for­ward Sam Dekker to the Wiz­ards. Mil­wau­kee also got for­ward Ja­son Smith from Washington.

Af­fec­tion­ately known to Cleve­land fans as “Delly,” Dellave­dova was a key mem­ber of the Cavs’ 2016 ti­tle team be­fore he signed with the Bucks later that sum­mer. He’s not the same player, and the Cavs are far from be­ing the same team, but his re­turn will soften what has been a dif­fi­cult sea­son.

Cleve­land is just 5-20 and re­build­ing in the wake of LeBron James’ de­par­ture last sum­mer.

“I’m glad my Aussie brother is back,” Cavs cen­ter Tris­tan Thomp­son said fol­low­ing a 129-110 loss to Sacra­mento. “Brings us vet­eran lead­er­ship, a guy that’s won be­fore, a guy that’s go­ing to push Collin (Sex­ton), con­trol the game for the sec­ond unit and he’ll make shots. He’s good at throw­ing lobs to me, so I’m re­ally happy about that.

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