Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye Express Excitement for Matthew Dellavedova’s Return
- Author: Steve Townsend Dec 09, 2018,
Dec 09, 2018, 2:43
The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-acquired point guard Matthew Dellavedova, along with center John Henson, a 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round selection from the Milwaukee Bucks in return for point guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker, according to several sources.
The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly trading the out-of-favour point guard back to Cleveland, where he was part of the 2016 National Basketball Association championship-winning Cavaliers.
The 28-year-old was dealt by the Bucks in exchange for fellow point guard George Hill who is talented but oft-injured.
According to Wojnarowski, though, the "first may not convey until as late as 2023 because the Bucks owe a future first to the Phoenix Suns that might not convey until 2021".
Sexton is fourth among rookies this season in scoring (per Basketball Reference), and although he's only averaging 2.5 assists per game, Hill should get some credit for Sexton gradually improving in his willingness to get other players involved and his passing vision. Milwaukee also receives power forward Jason Smith in the trade.
It's a win-win situation for all three teams as the Bucks look to solidify themselves as an elite team in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs continue to rebuild and the Wizards add the 3-point threat that they've lacked all season.
Dellavedova (6-4, 200) played his first three NBA seasons with the Cavaliers from 2013-2016 and was a member of Cleveland's 2016 NBA Championship team. He's good at throwing lobs to me, so I'm really happy about that.
But a week is a long time in the National Basketball Association and money talks, the deal set to save the Bucks nearly US$18 million in salary in 2019-20 - cash they can throw at a bumper free agent class that could include the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.
Henson recently underwent surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left wrist. Dekker's short stint in Cleveland ends after nine games, where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest.
Windhorst, and ESPN's Zach Lowe cleared up the future draft pick discussion shortly thereafter. Henson is averaging 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, but he has not played since November 14. He's played for the Cavs, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets. "We wish Jason the best moving forward and appreciate the value he brought to our team as a great teammate and true professional".
Dekker, who starred at Wisconsin before becoming the No. 18 overall pick in 2015, has been out for more than a month with an ankle injury.