Dellave­dova re­ceives ova­tion in re­turn to Cleve­land

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - SCOREBOARD -

Matthew Dellave­dova’s re­turn to his first NBA home is off to a good start be­fore play­ing in a game.

Dellave­dova, dressed in street clothes, was greeted by se­cu­rity guards and arena employees, and re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd when he re­turned to Cleve­land on Satur­day night.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the love from ev­ery­one,” he said. “It makes me feel very wel­come.”

Cleve­land ac­quired Dellave­dova in a three­team trade Fri­day with the Mil­wau­kee Bucks and Washington Wiz­ards. He be­gan his ca­reer with the Cava­liers in 2014 and was a key mem­ber of the 2016 ti­tle team be­fore he signed with the Bucks later that sum­mer.

Dellave­dova watched Satur­day night’s game against the Wiz­ards from the bench. The Cava­liers showed a video of him play­ing in the Fi­nals from the cham­pi­onship sea­son, which led to a long ova­tion from the crowd.

Known to Cleve­land fans as “Delly,” Dellave­dova be­came an in­stant hit with Quicken Loans Arena crowds, who im­me­di­ately liked his gritty style of play. The trade re­ceived pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from fans on so­cial me­dia.

“It makes me feel great,” he said. “My time here was re­ally spe­cial and I loved ev­ery minute of it. It makes me ex­cited to get back out there and play for ev­ery­one in this city be­cause it’s a spe­cial place.”

Dellave­dova could play Mon­day when Cleve­land is in Mil­wau­kee.

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