The underrated value of the Matthew Dellavedova trade

Doug Mendoza
December 9, 2018

The Cavaliers are among the worst teams in the league this season following LeBron James' move to the LA Lakers and the loss or trade of several other veteran stars, so Dellavedova's return would be a boost for fans who enjoyed his hustle and tireless work after rising from an un-drafted free agent in 2013 to making their roster.

The Cavaliers play Washington in Cleveland on Sunday AEDT although it's unclear if Dellavedova will be cleared in time to play. The Cavs sent guard George Hill and a 2021 second-round selection to the Bucks, and forward Sam Dekker to the Wizards.

Washington's tax bill will drop from $14.49 million to $9.79 million by trading out Smith's $5.45 million salary for Dekker's $2.68 million salary.

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. Thanks to his energy and surprising 3-point touch (47.4 percent), Smith turned into a key contributor off the bench as the Wizards won 49 regular season games and reached Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Celtics. The 24-year-old has played only nine games.

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Henson has played all seven years of his career as a forward and centre with the Bucks, averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in 13.4 minutes in 2018-19.

As the Wizards sought options with Dwight Howard (back surgery) sidelined, Smith and Mahinmi lost their spot in the rotation to Thomas Bryant, an athletic 21-year-old capable of running the court and battling inside. In addition, Milwaukee will also receive forward Jason Smith from Washington. "When you see good basketball out there, it's easy to be upbeat; it's easy to be upbeat for your teammates out there". Dekker, who underwent back surgery during his rookie season, has not played since suffering an ankle injury on November 5.

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Matthew Dellavedova #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes photos with fans during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship victory parade and rally on June 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Top 45 protections on their 2020 second-rounder, connected to trades with Milwaukee involving Jared Dudley and Jodie Meeks, were reportedly removed as part of Friday's trade.

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