Dellave­dova re­turns to Cavs in three-team trade

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By TOM WITHERS The As­so­ci­ated Press

CLEVE­LAND — 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 Cavs also are get­ting for­ward John Hen­son and two draft picks in 2021 from the Bucks in ex­change for Ge­orge Hill. Also as part of the deal, the Cavs traded a 2021 sec­ond-round pick to the Washington Wizards, who sent for­ward Ja­son Smith and cash con­sid­er­a­tions to the Bucks and a 2022 sec­on­dround draft pick to Cleve­land.

The Cavs are re­ceiv­ing Mil­wau­kee’s 2021 first- and sec­ond-round picks.

Af­fec­tion­ately known to Cleve­land fans as “Delly,” 28year-old 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.

“We’re very pleased to bring Delly back to Cleve­land and want to wel­come John Hen­son as well,” Cavs gen­eral man­ager Koby Alt­man said. “This deal sat­is­fied sev­eral im­por­tant as­pects for us in terms of hav­ing both long- and shorter-term ben­e­fits and as­sets in­volved. We will con­tinue to look for ways to im­prove and strengthen our po­si­tion for the fu­ture, while en­hanc­ing our abil­ity to com­pete and grow in the short term also.”

Hill helped the Cavs reach the Fi­nals last sea­son, but the team wanted to un­load his con­tract while giv­ing rookie Collin Sex­ton more play­ing time.

The Bucks are get­ting a 46per­cent shooter from 3-point range in Hill, who fits into their new long-range shooting phi­los­o­phy un­der first-year coach Mike Bu­den­holzer, plus a backup to starter Eric Bled­soe. They also could po­ten­tially save roughly $16 mil­lion in salary, as­sum­ing they waive Hill af­ter this sea­son.

Hill re­cently re­turned af­ter miss­ing 11 games with a shoul­der in­jury, a set­back that only de­layed the Cavs in pulling off a deal to add more as­sets.

Dellave­dova had been buried on Mil­wau­kee’s bench and is 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.

Dekker was in his first sea­son with the Cavs, who got him in an Au­gust trade with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. He av­er­aged 6.3 points and 3.7 re­bounds but missed sig­nif­i­cant time with a se­verely sprained left an­kle.

AP file photo

Matthew Dellave­dova was a key mem­ber of the Cavs’ 2016 ti­tle team be­fore join­ing the Bucks later that sum­mer.

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