If LeBron James’ word is any indication, it seems Cleveland won’t be matching Milwaukee’s offer sheet for Dellavedova.
Delly first burst onto the scene in the 2015 Finals when he was forced into a starting role after Kyrie Irving’s injury, even coming through as the hero in Game 3 of that series. This season Dellavedova served as a backup and posted career-high numbers, 7.5 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Despite his career numbers, Dellavedova’s value wouldn’t come anywhere close to $38 million in any other season of free agency, but it’s 2016 and here we are. There was speculation Delly could make up to $10 million per-year, and his deal with the Bucks comes pretty close to that number.
The Australian is a restricted free agent, so the Cavs could match the offer sheet if they wanted to, although at this point it seems they are most likely to let Dellavedova walk to a division rival.
If indeed he does end up with the Bucks, Dellavedova seems primed to back up Michael Carter-Williams at point guard and even split playmaking duties with all-court floor general Giannis Antetokounmpo.
(Via Zach Lowe)