Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade

Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade

Dellavedova spent his first three seasons in a Cavs uniform and was a part of the team's memorable 3-1 Finals comeback against the Golden State Warriors. But, the reality is, it could be much of the same as the Cavs continue to eye the future - which now looks like Duke monster Zion Williamson at pick No.1 in next year's draft.

"First and foremost, I'd like to thank George Hill", Altman said. "He helped us get to the NBA Finals past year and has been a consummate professional on the court and in our community".

"Both George and Sam Dekker went about their work here with professionalism and class and we wish them the best".

"This deal satisfied several important aspects for us in terms of having both long and shorter term benefits and assets involved".

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They also could potentially save roughly $16 million in salary, assuming that they waive Hill after this season.

The undersized point guard averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists per game during his three seasons in Cleveland, including an epic 2015 Finals performance that saw him score 20 points in Game 3 while leading the Cavaliers to victory.

In return for Hill and Dekker, Cleveland will receive big-man John Henson and former Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, along with 2021 first and second-round picks. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds but missed significant time with a severely sprained left ankle.

The Bucks signed Dellavedova to a $38-million, four-year deal after the Cavaliers won the championship in 2016 but this season they have actively looked to move him to free up salary cap room heading into the last year of his deal next season.

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In 13 games played this season, Hill is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 assists on 26.5 minutes per game.

Sexton has already heard stories about Dellavedova.

Following Hill's injuries, Sexton was given the starting point guard role, and has excelled ever since, averaging 17.9 points per game as a starter on 46 percent shooting. Dekker, who underwent back surgery during his rookie season, has not played since suffering an ankle injury on November 5.

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