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Friday, 7 December 2018

The $26 million reason behind Delly trade


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Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova was today traded back to the team where he won an NBA Championship in 2016, but there were multiple layers to why the veteran was dealt by the Milwaukee Bucks.

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 28-year-old was dealt by the Bucks in exchange for fellow point guard George Hill who is talented but oft-injured.

Despite missing a chunk of the season, Hill is a player that will be useful for the Bucks on the court, where his career three-point shooting mark of over 38 percent will see him fit in well with both the Bucks reserves and starters.

However, the main reason the Bucks jettisoned Dellavedova was for a reason that had nothing to do with Hill’s on-court value.

Hill is currently in the second-last year of a three-year, US$57 million deal free-agent deal signed with the Sacramento Kings in the summer of 2017.

While Hill is earning US$19 million this season, his contract becomes extremely valuable next if he is waived at the completion of the season.

Hill’s contract figure of US$18 million for the 2019-20 season is only partially guaranteed for US$1 million, meaning the Bucks can save themselves in the vicinity of US$19 million ($26.3 million AUD) next season if Hill is waived.

With the NBA's MVP favourite Giannis Antetokounmpo in tow, the Bucks are in win-now mode and clearing Hill's money will allow them to potentially add another All-Star to a bright squad.

For the Cavaliers, the main attraction is not only to bring back a member of their championship squad, but the multiple future picks headed to Cleveland as a part of the deal.

After the departure of LeBron James in the summer, the Cavaliers are officially in asset-acquisition mode and will be looking to re-stock their draft capital.

Dellavedova’s arrival will also have an impact on the Cavaliers’ boom rookie Collin Sexton.

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.

Dellavedova will allow Sexton to be the full-time starting point guard, with the Australian slotting into the backup role he held in his first stint with the Cavaliers between 2013 and 2016.

The 19-year-old will also be benefitted by being able to go against the Australian during practices, something that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving thrived on as a teammate of Dellavedova’s.

The Australian star may no longer be on a team where he is contending for the title, but he could have a major hand in the growth of one of the NBA’s next great point guards.

It is a role that he will undoubtedly attack with aplomb.

Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova was today traded back to the team where he won an NBA Championship in 2016, but there were multiple layers to why the veteran was dealt by the Milwaukee Bucks.

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 28-year-old was dealt by the Bucks in exchange for fellow point guard George Hill who is talented but oft-injured.

Despite missing a chunk of the season, Hill is a player that will be useful for the Bucks on the court, where his career three-point shooting mark of over 38 percent will see him fit in well with both the Bucks reserves and starters.

However, the main reason the Bucks jettisoned Dellavedova was for a reason that had nothing to do with Hill’s on-court value.

Hill is currently in the second-last year of a three-year, US$57 million deal free-agent deal signed with the Sacramento Kings in the summer of 2017.

While Hill is earning US$19 million this season, his contract becomes extremely valuable next if he is waived at the completion of the season.

Hill’s contract figure of US$18 million for the 2019-20 season is only partially guaranteed for US$1 million, meaning the Bucks can save themselves in the vicinity of US$19 million ($26.3 million AUD) next season if Hill is waived.

With the NBA's MVP favourite Giannis Antetokounmpo in tow, the Bucks are in win-now mode and clearing Hill's money will allow them to potentially add another All-Star to a bright squad.

For the Cavaliers, the main attraction is not only to bring back a member of their championship squad, but the multiple future picks headed to Cleveland as a part of the deal.

After the departure of LeBron James in the summer, the Cavaliers are officially in asset-acquisition mode and will be looking to re-stock their draft capital.

Dellavedova’s arrival will also have an impact on the Cavaliers’ boom rookie Collin Sexton.

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.

Dellavedova will allow Sexton to be the full-time starting point guard, with the Australian slotting into the backup role he held in his first stint with the Cavaliers between 2013 and 2016.

The 19-year-old will also be benefitted by being able to go against the Australian during practices, something that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving thrived on as a teammate of Dellavedova’s.

The Australian star may no longer be on a team where he is contending for the title, but he could have a major hand in the growth of one of the NBA’s next great point guards.

It is a role that he will undoubtedly attack with aplomb.

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