Three-team deal sends Dellave­dova back to Cleve­land

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Matthew Dellave­dova has re­turned to the Cava­liers, who look noth­ing like they did when he left.

Cleve­land ac­quired the scrappy guard on Fri­day in a trade with the Mil­wau­kee Bucks, who also parted with for­ward John Hen­son and two draft picks in 2021 for guard Ge­orge Hill and for­ward Sam Dekker. The Bucks sent Dekker to the Wash­ing­ton Wizards for for­ward Ja­son Smith.

The Cavs are re­ceiv­ing Mil­wau­kee’s 2021 first- and sec­ond-round picks as well as a 2022 sec­ond-round pick from the Wizards.

Nick­named “Delly,” Dellave­dova, the for­mer Saint Mary’s Col­lege star, helped the Cavs win an NBA ti­tle in 2016 and is a huge fan fa­vorite. His re­turn will soften what has been a dif­fi­cult sea­son for the Cavs, who are just 5-20 and re­build­ing in the wake of LeBron James’ de­par­ture last sum­mer.

Hill helped the Cavs reach the Fi­nals last sea­son, but the team wanted to un­load his big con­tract while giv­ing rookie Collin Sex­ton more play­ing time. 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 repack­aged in other trades be­fore Fe­bru­ary’s dead­line.

Hill re­cently re­turned af­ter miss­ing 11 games with a shoul­der in­jury. Dekker has also been side­lined with a se­verely sprained left an­kle.

Dellave­dova’s scrap­pi­ness en­deared him to Cleve­land fans dur­ing his three sea­sons with the Cavs, who didn’t re-sign Delly af­ter win­ning the 2016 ti­tle. The Cavs are in tran­si­tion af­ter James left them as a free agent this sum­mer, ef­fec­tively end­ing Cleve­land’s run as an Eastern Con­fer­ence power.

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

The 28-year-old Dellave­dova will get a chance restart his ca­reer with the Cavs. The Aus­tralian 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.

The Bucks are get­ting a 46-per­cent shooter from 3-point range in Hill. HOR­NETS 113, NUGGETS 107 >> Kemba Walker had 21 points, eight as­sists and six re­bounds, and fel­low point guard Tony Parker added Matthew Dellave­dova looks to get his ca­reer back on track in Cleve­land, where he won a ti­tle.

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76ERS 117, PIS­TONS 111 >> Jimmy But­ler scored 38 points, and Philadel­phia over­came Joel Em­biid’s ab­sence, ral­ly­ing from a 15-point third-quar­ter deficit to beat Detroit on the road. Em­biid sat out his first game of the sea­son, but Detroit couldn’t take ad­van­tage of the big man’s ab­sence.

KINGS 129, CAVA­LIERS 110 >> De’Aaron Fox had 30 points and 12 as­sists, and Sacra­mento won its third straight, in­clud­ing the first two to start a four-game trip. Buddy Hield added 25 points for the Kings, who led by as many as 25 af­ter the game was tied at 66 at half­time.

NETS 106, RAP­TORS 105 >> D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points, in­clud­ing six in over­time, and Brook­lyn snapped an eightgame los­ing streak. Brook­lyn picked the most un­likely way to end its skid, snap­ping a 12-game slide against Toronto with its first vic­tory over the Rap­tors since April 3, 2015. Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points for the Rap­tors, but Toronto couldn’t get a look for him on its fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

BULLS 114, THUN­DER 112 >> Lauri Markka­nen scored 24 points and drove for the go-ahead layup in the clos­ing sec­onds to lead Chicago to its first win un­der coach Jim Boylen. The Thun­der’s Rus­sell West­brook had just hit a ty­ing layup when Markka­nen beat Paul Ge­orge and banked in a layup over the out­stretch arm of Steven Adams with 4.9 sec­onds left. Ge­orge’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim, and the Bulls came away with the win af­ter drop­ping seven in a row.

SPURS 133, LAK­ERS 120 >> DeMar DeRozan fin­ished with 36 points and nine as­sists, and San An­to­nio’s bench outscored L.A. 5226. Los An­ge­les led by as many as 15 points but was outscored 32-13 early in the fourth quar­ter and fell be­hind 121-114.


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