Bucks make Dellavedova official as sign-and-trade with Cavs

In return for Dellavedova, Milwaukee sent the draft rights to Albert Miralles and cash considerations - plus a $4.8 million trade exception - to Cleveland.

In 215 games for the Cavaliers, Dellavedova averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 assists, though he had improved averages of 7.5 points and 4.4 points during the 2015-16 regular-season. Perhaps more importantly, the Delly trade creates a $4.8 million trade exception.

But most of all, Dellavedova brings value as a fiery on-ball defender who doesn't shy away from matchups against some of the league's premier backcourt scorers.

Coincidentally, the pick the Raptors used to take Miralles in '04 originally came from the Cavaliers in a deal that sent Lamond Murray to Toronto.

Cleveland general manager David Griffin was quite busy Thursday when the NBA's transaction moratorium ended, making a series of moves.

Dellavedova, 25, spent the last three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, appearing in the NBA Finals each of the past two seasons and winning a championship with the Cavaliers last season. "Delly is a special person on and off the court and was a very dedicated, hard worker that grew as part of our team and made significant contributions to our success".

Dellavedova's new deal contains no team or player option. He is coming off a season with career bests of 7.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds while helping the Cavaliers win the National Basketball Association championship. His 41.0 percentage last season would have been second-highest on the Bucks, behind free-agent guard Jerryd Bayless.

As for the Cavaliers, they could still opt to sign a cheaper backup point guard on the open market.

When I first moved to Cleveland, people would say "Oh, you're going to Cleveeeland" (in a negative way) - I didn't know anything about Cleveland, I just knew it was going to be colder than Australia and Saint Mary's (California).

Dellavedova admitted he was unhappy with Cleveland's front office for not giving him a multiyear contract in 2015, but offered effusive praise toward Cavaliers fans on social media. They met with former Marquette star Dwyane Wade on Wednesday, but the All-Star former Heat guard signed with Chicago.

  • Rosalie Stanley