Matthew Dellavedova became somewhat of a cult hero during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ run to the NBA Finals, but now the Cavaliers are hesitant to pay the gritty Australian point guard in free agency, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Dellavedova is looking for a multi-year deal worth about $4 million annually, but the Cavaliers’ already huge luxury tax burden has them questioning whether they should bring him back after the team already signed Mo Williams for cheaper earlier this offseason.
Dellavedova had some big games in the postseason and helped Cleveland grab a 2-1 series lead in the Finals before fading the rest of the series. He also became well known thanks to several controversial plays that resulted in many discussions about whether or not he’s a dirty player.
There’s no doubt Dellavedova is a strong defender and solid spot-up three-point shooter, as he shot 40.7 percent from three this past year. But his offensive game is severely limited, and the Cavaliers have to decide whether his 3-and-D qualities are worth all that extra money.