NBA Rumor: Matthew Dellavedova Free Agency

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Matthew Dellavedova after signing with Australian team: My goal is to get back to the NBA

“My goal is to get back to the NBA. I feel like I’ve got a lot more left in the tank, a lot of things to improve on,” Dellavedova said. “There were some talks with NBA teams, nothing concrete at this stage. Overseas there were pretty significant offers, but I’ve always wanted to come and play here.”

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Matthew Dellavedova: “The body is feeling great. That’s the main thing, I feel like I just need to put a good chunk of time together training but also games. Playing a lot of minutes and having the ball in my hands, making decisions and things like that. I’m going to have a great opportunity to do that with United. A shorter season, long preparation of preseason with the season being pushed back is going to allow me to put a good chunk of work together and be in really good shape and condition.”

Chris Fedor: I think the Cavs want Delly back. Delly is not going to have a huge market. This free agency is going to be wild to begin with. A lot of these guys are going to push for one-year deals so that they can get back into free agency in 2021. And I don’t think there are enough NBA teams that view Delly as a clear cut backup point guard.

“It is a unique time being a free agent for next season and the timeline being pushed back for where we are going to live next year and what city we are going to be in,” Dellavedova said during a Collectivei Forecast zoom conference call on Friday morning. “I’m just taking it day by day and enjoying this time with my wife and six-month-old, it’s incredible to see how much he is growing and changing every day so I’m definitely not taking that for granted.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers will not match the offer sheet restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova agreed to accept from the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources informed Dellavedova, 25, is expected to sign his four-year, $38.5 million deal shortly after July 7, the first day free agents can sign their contracts. The Cavaliers would have three days to match the offer sheet to retain the services of their backup point guard, but was told that wouldn’t be the case.

Pistons, Bucks interested in Matthew Dellavedova?

The Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks are interested in Cleveland Cavaliers unrestricted free agent point guard Matthew Dellavedova, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst said the following on Zach Lowe’s ‘Lowe Post’ Podcast. They could’ve signed Matthew Dellavedova to a $2 or $3 million a year contract and now I think someone is coming in with a $10 million offer sheet. For some reason, (chuckles) and I got a pretty good idea why, the Milwaukee Bucks attended Cavs games in the playoffs like they were a fan of the team. They had scouts there…Jason Kidd came to one of the games. I think the Bucks have zeroed in on Dellavedova. I think they intend to offer him a bunch of money. The Detroit Pistons were hanging around in the playoffs a lot, sending scouts. They weren’t sending scouts to evaluate J.R. (Smith), I think they intend to go after Dellavedova.

“Delly needs to play like this to stay in the league,” former teammate Anderson Varejao told The Vertical. “If you ask me if Delly is a dirty player, I don’t think he is, but he has a way that he plays. He needs to do this for that team; play hard and tough. That is his way of helping Cleveland.” Dellavedova is only in his third NBA year, a pending free agent whose value has trended upward all season. For any NBA team, he’s a high-end backup point guard, able to advance a franchise’s core principles in team chemistry and defense. For Cavaliers coach Ty Lue, Dellavedova has become a luxury behind Kyrie Irving.

When asked if he would like Dellavedova to join him in Oakland, Bogut said that may not work out as the point guard’s style of play had earned him some “enemies” in the Warriors’ locker room, but added he respected the way his countryman competes. “He plays hard and people think he’s dirty, but I know he’s actually a great fella and we get along really well,” said Bogut, who has also been slapped with a ‘dirty’ tag about which he “couldn’t really give two craps”.
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NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
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