Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Matthew Dellavedova's trade to Cleveland Cavaliers, $26 million reason, Milwaukee Bucks

Matthew Dellavedova's trade to Cleveland Cavaliers, $26 million reason, Milwaukee Bucks

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

In exchange, the Cavaliers will send guard George Hill and a 2021 second round pick (Washington's via Utah) to the Bucks and forward Sam Dekker to the Wizards. 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.

The Bucks acquired point guard George Hill from Cleveland and forward Jason Smith and a 2021 second-round pick from Washington.

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

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.

He is averaging 6.7 points and 1.9 assists this year in 11 games, but has not played since November 19 against the Pistons.

Affectionately known to Cleveland fans as "Delly", Dellavedova was a key member of the Cavs' 2016 title team before he signed with the Bucks later that summer. 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.

The deal also has implications for Thon Maker, who looks set to establish himself as Milwaukee's backup big man moving forward, with Henson now in Cleveland, although he will have to compete with Smith for those minutes.

The deal came together Friday in time for teams to be able to repackage players in other trades before February's trade deadline.

On the surface, Dellavedova's stats of 1.7 points per game on 32 percent shooting don't indicate that he will move the needle for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The money Milwaukee will save with the trade allows them flexibility to continue to upgrade the roster, while the Cavaliers continue show a willingness to take on money to gather draft picks.

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