Matthew Dellavedova is headed home.
Well, kind of.
The Milwaukee Bucks struck a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday afternoon that will send Dellavedova back to Cleveland, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Milwaukee is sending Dellavedova, John Henson and a first-round and future second-round pick to Cavs for George Hill, league source tells ESPN. https://t.co/L5vWlxdj8M
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 7, 2018
The Bucks will send John Henson with Dellavedova to Cleveland in exchange for Cavaliers guards George Hill and Sam Dekker, per Wojnarowski. The Bucks will also send Cleveland a 2021 first and second round draft pick.
The Washington Wizards jumped into the deal, too, and acquired Dekker in exchange for Wizards big man Jason Smith and a future second-round pick, per Wojnarowski. Dekker, who is a Wisconsin native and former Badgers standout, has averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds for Cleveland this year, appearing in nine games. Smith has averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in nearly 11 minutes per game this season in Washington.
Dellavedova got his start in Cleveland, where he played for three seasons and helped the Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Finals. He has spent the past three seasons in Milwaukee, and is averaging 1.7 points and 2.4 assists per game so far this year, though has been held to just 12 games with an ankle injury.
Hill has averaged 10.8 points and 2.8 assists so far this season in Cleveland, and is shooting better than 51 percent from the field and an impressive 46.4 percent from the 3-point line.
Henson has averaged 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season with the Bucks. The center underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist late last month. According to ESPN, the Bucks were initially hopeful that Henson could return for the playoffs.
Milwaukee will save $18 million in salary next season with the deal, too, something that will likely help it bolster its roster. It could save nearly $19 million if they don’t keep Hill, too, as Hill only has $1 million of his $19 million deal guaranteed. Dellavedova and Henson each have one year and $10 million left on their respective deals.
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