Cava­liers in re­build

Ac­quire Dellave­dova, Hen­son from Bucks

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Hockey / Pro Basketball -

An­other pop­u­lar Cava­liers player is com­ing “home.”

LeBron’s gone. Delly’s back.

The Cava­liers have agreed to a trade with Mil­wau­kee that will re­turn fan fa­vorite Matthew Dellave­dova to Cleve­land along with for­ward John Hen­son and a pair of draft picks in 2021.

The Bucks will get vet­eran point guard Ge­orge Hill and for­ward Sam Dekker from the Cava­liers, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal said.

Mil­wau­kee has agreed to trade Dekker to the Wash­ing­ton Wizards for cen­ter Ja­son Smith and a fu­ture sec­on­dround pick.

The deals are pend­ing league ap­proval and could be fi­nal­ized as early as later Fri­day night, said the source. The firstround pick in 2021 is pro­tected, the per­son said.

There was an ur­gency to get the deal agreed to be­fore 6 p.m. on Fri­day be­cause only play­ers on ros­ters by then can be re-pack­aged in other trades be­fore Fe­bru­ary’s dead­line.

Hill re­cently re­turned af­ter miss­ing 11 games with a shoul­der in­jury, and the Cava­liers have been shop­ping him around for a deal. Dekker has also been side­lined with a se­verely sprained left an­kle.

Both Hill and Dekker were at Quicken Loans Arena pre­par­ing for a game against Sacra­mento be­fore learn­ing they were be­ing moved.

Dellave­dova’s scrap­pi­ness en­deared him to Cleve­land fans dur­ing his three sea­sons with the Cava­liers, who didn’t re-sign the player known as “Delly” af­ter win­ning the 2016 ti­tle.

The Cava­liers are 5-19 and in tran­si­tion af­ter LeBron James left them as a free agent this sum­mer, ef­fec­tively end­ing Cleve­land’s run as an East­ern Con­fer­ence power. But the Cava­liers are think­ing about the fu­ture and by mov­ing Hill and Dekker, they’ve picked up more as­sets.

Cleve­land re­cently traded sharp­shooter Kyle Korver to Utah for two picks in 2020 and 2021. The Cava­liers are tar­get­ing 2020 to land a big-name free agent.

Dellave­dova will get a chance re-start his ca­reer with the Cava­liers. The Aus­tralian had been buried on Mil­wau­kee’s bench and av­er­ag­ing just 1.7 points and 2.4 as­sists in 12 games.

Hen­son re­cently un­der­went surgery to re­pair a torn lig­a­ment in his left wrist. He’s av­er­ag­ing 5.6 points and 5.1 re­bounds in 14 games.


As he pre­pared to re­turn for a sec­ond time from a sore right knee, Mi­ami guard Go­ran Dragic said that he be­lieves he got it right this time. “I had to bat­tle my­self, be­cause I wanted to be there,” Dragic said of miss­ing eight con­sec­u­tive games be­fore re­join­ing the team for the six-game trip that opened Fri­day night against the Phoenix Suns at Talk­ing Stick Re­sort Arena. “The knee just didn’t al­low it to. There was a lit­tle bit of frus­tra­tion, but the only thing that I could control was to do fit­ness ev­ery day, try to do ev­ery­thing that the staff was say­ing. And fi­nally the time came that I could come back.” Dragic missed two games in early Novem­ber with pain in the knee be­fore com­ing back with an 0 for 7, score­less out­ing in a home loss to the Wash­ing­ton Wizards.


Cen­ter Damian Jones un­der­went surgery for a torn left pec­toral mus­cle. Golden State said that Jones had the pro­ce­dure Wed­nes­day in Chicago, per­formed by Dr. Ben­jamin Domb. Jones is ex­pected to be­gin the re­hab process in six weeks with a timetable to be de­ter­mined based on his progress. Jones, a third-year pro out of Van­der­bilt who de­vel­oped in the G League last sea­son to emerge as the starter for the two-time de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons, was in­jured Satur­day at Detroit. The 23-year-old Jones started in 22 of his 24 games, av­er­ag­ing 5.4 points and 3.1 re­bounds in 17.1 min­utes. Golden State had an open­ing at cen­ter fol­low­ing the off­sea­son de­par­tures of JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachu­lia and David West.


Philadel­phia rested cen­ter Joel Em­biid in their game at the Detroit Pis­tons. It’s the first game all sea­son that Em­biid has missed. Coach Brett Brown said he thought it was the right move for the long run. Em­biid was drafted in 2014 but has only played 120 NBA games be­cause of in­jury problems. He shot 5 of 17 from the field in a loss at Toronto Wed­nes­day night.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

For­mer Mil­wau­kee guard Matthew Dellave­dova, mid­dle, is fouled be­tween Detroit’s Langston Gal­loway and Bruce Brown. Dellave­dova was ac­quired by the Cava­liers Fri­day.

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