Noah Levick: Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova will be available tonight. Both had been questionable. Team will monitor their minutes, Cavs coach J.B Bickerstaff says. Jarrett Allen (concussion) and Larry Nance Jr. (illness) have been ruled out for Cleveland.
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Dellavedova is getting closer. Sources tell cleveland.com Dellavedova will practice Saturday and there’s belief the veteran, who has yet to play this season, should be able to make his debut during the team’s upcoming four-game road trip that begins Wednesday night in Chicago — ironically the place where Cleveland’s 2019-20 season ended abruptly, the last regular season game Dellavedova played. That was more than a year ago, before a severe concussion and appendectomy.
Chris Fedor: Ben Simmons, a fellow Aussie, with a pre-tipoff greeting for #Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova, who is with the team on this mini two-game road trip. It’s the first time Delly has traveled since a concussion. Wearing a blue Cavs hoodie on the bench.
Matthew Dellavedova: Retirement is not on my mind at all right now. Only focus is getting healthy and back with the boys to help make a playoff push. Cavs are playing good basketball and I’m definitely looking forward to being a part of what is getting built here… Injuries are frustrating but it’s a temporary setback and I’m looking forward to coming back from this better than before. Thank you and appreciate the well wishes
Matthew Dellavedova, 30, a fan favorite in Cleveland for the blatant disregard he showed for his own body on the court, has not played this season due to a serious concussion suffered on Dec. 12, opening night in the preseason. Nearly two months later, Dellavedova is still experiencing problematic symptoms that are preventing him from ramping up workouts in any real capacity, several sources told The Athletic.
Those sources indicated that retirement was on the table, if not likely, for Dellavedova, though a source close to him said there “isn’t anything conclusive” about his playing future, he’s under no deadline or pressure to formally quit, and doesn’t want to stop playing yet.
However, Dellavedova was back on the court that summer for Team Australia, competing in the FIBA World Cup in China. His love of country and dedication to the Australian national team is playing a role in his continued fight to return to the court, sources said.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs coach Larry Drew said there’s a chance Matthew Dellavedova (concussion protocol) may not return this season. Went on Phi-Orl-Dallas trip & had to come home early. Yet to shoot on court
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs’ Larry Nance jr. (rib contusion), Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) and Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) listed as out for Monday’s home game vs. Raptors on NBA’s 5:30 p.m. injury report.
The Milwaukee Bucks are getting All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Matthew Dellavedova back from right ankle injuries for the regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo has missed the last two games. Dellavedova’s injury was more series, sidelining him since Feb. 4.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty also said that clinching a playoff berth doesn’t affect how the Bucks will handle bringing back Brogdon and Delly. They’ll be back when they’re healthy, hopefully sooner than later. Would be positive for them to get some games in before the postseason.
Matt Velazquez: Bucks list Thon Maker as probable for tonight’s game. Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova are still out. @BenSteeleMJS asked for an update on Brogdon/Dellavedova yesterday at practice and there’s still no concrete timeline.
Matthew Dellavedova: Still working #RehabLife
Matt Velazquez: Bucks coach Joe Prunty confirmed Matthew Dellavedova had a bit of a setback with his ankle. Doesn’t have an updated timeframe for when Delly might be back, but it’s not likely he will make the Memphis-Orlando trip.
Matt Velazquez: Asked around Bucks shootaround & there’s no official timetable for Matthew Dellavedova. I know about the ESPN report of 3-4 weeks & asked about it, but here’s what Joe Prunty had to say, “We know it’s going to be a while. I don’t have an official timeframe exactly as to how long he’ll be out.”
Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a Grade 3 right ankle sprain, league sources tell ESPN. The backup point sustained the injury Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, the first game of a four-game road trip. He was sent home to undergo further testing.
Matt Velazquez: Matthew Dellavedova has been sent back to Milwaukee to undergo further examination on his sprained right ankle. He won’t be with the team tomorrow vs the Knicks. His status for the rest of the road trip and going forward will depend on the results on the tests in Milwaukee.
Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova also suffered a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter. Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty said both would be re-evaluated on Monday. The Bucks’ next game is at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Tuesday night.
Matt Velazquez: Bucks win, 109-94. It was a comfortable game score-wise throughout the afternoon, but included one of the scarier 4th quarters the Bucks have played this season with Delly & Giannis injuring their ankles to varying degrees. Henson had 19 points, 18 rebounds; Bledsoe had 28 pts.
Matt Velazquez: Jason Kidd says Dellavedova, Snell and Terry will play tonight vs the Cavs. Delly will start. Minutes will be restricted for all 3 players with Delly being the most restricted.
Matt Velazquez: Jason Kidd says Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell remain out. Bledsoe, Payton II, Middleton, Giannis and Henson to start. Mentioned that this lineup keeps bench guys in their usual roles.
Matt Velazquez: Matthew Dellavedova is OUT per Jason Kidd. Practiced yesterday but wasn’t cleared for game action today.
Matt Velazquez: Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) updated to questionable for tonight’s game against the Mavs. Will check with Jason Kidd pregame to see if Delly will be back for his first game since Nov. 13 (has missed Bucks’ past 9 games).
Dellavedova has been improving steadily and on Monday said the light at the end of the tunnel is getting a bit brighter. “If he says the light is bright hopefully that’s a good sign,” Kidd said. “He had a good workout today and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) remains out. He is with the team in Salt Lake City and was participating in prescribed drills as he works his way back. It’s possible Dellavedova could make his return during the road trip, but a solid timetable has not been announced.
Matt Velazquez: Giannis says his right knee issue is the same thing he had this summer. Just trying to give it rest and be cautious. The plan is to be back for Saturday’s game. Bucks down Giannis, Delly, Teletovic and Henson for tonight vs Phoenix.
Matt Velazquez: Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova is out tonight with left knee tendinitis. Jason Kidd said there’s no shortage of guards on the bench who can fill his minutes tonight.
Matthew Dellavedova (left knee soreness) and Thon Maker (right ankle sprain) practiced fully Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin’s Nicholas Johnson Pavilion. Both players missed the past two preseason games, with Maker also sitting out the preseason opener.
Charles F. Gardner: Matthew Dellavedova will miss his fifth straight game with a strained right hamstring, Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.
Chris Haynes: #Cavs G Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) is a go for Game 3 of ECF against Raptors tonight. cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf…
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Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward Yuta Watanabe (YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay) to a standard NBA contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.
Hasheem Thabeet is looking to make an NBA comeback, his agent Jerry Dianis told me on Saturday. The 7’3″ big-man just won MVP honors while playing in Taiwan for the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers. “Bottom line Hasheem Thabeet was given a opportunity, and he killed it,” Dianis told me. “MVP performance with career highs in points, rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals. Thabeet averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
3. Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes): The 6-foot-5 Serbian guard has his draft rights retained currently by the Thunder. While some have speculated he could make the jump to the NBA, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, denied having talks with any clubs for next season at this time. Still, Micic has drawn the attention of NBA teams with his play. “He’s almost an elite passer,” one NBAscout told HoopsHype. “He’s a good shooter, both on and off the dribble. He’s not athletic but has enough strength after his first step to get at the rim once he gets a runway. He’s very smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts.”