Matthew Dellavedova will be back with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season on a one-year deal:
Matthew Dellavedova will return to the Cavs on a one-year deal worth approximately $1.2 million, source w/ knowledge of the deal tells ESPN
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 27, 2015
Dellavedova had been looking for a deal in the $4 million a year range, but the Cavaliers didn’t want to give that to him given their impending huge luxury tax bill. So instead, Delly will be taking his qualifying offer:
Matthew Dellavedova will sign the one-year, $1.2 million qualifying offer with Cleveland, source confirms. @mcten first reported agreement.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 27, 2015
This will allow Dellavedova to hit free agency again next year when the cap jumps, although the Cavaliers can make him a restricted free agent again thanks to his limited years of service:
— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) July 27, 2015
Dellavedova was in the spotlight during the playoffs when he filled in for the injured Kyrie Irving. The gritty Australian had a few big performances, and he also became well known thanks to several controversial plays that were considered dirty by many.
While his name was in plenty of headlines, Dellavedova’s actual production in the playoffs was quite poor, as he averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 assists while shooting 34.6 percent overall and 31.6 percent from three. To his credit, his defense throughout the postseason was stellar, and he shot nearly 41 percent from three in the regular season.
Looking ahead to next season, it’s unclear just how much Dellavedova will play. Irving will be back and Mo Williams was brought in to play backup point guard, so it may be hard for Delly to find much playing time unless there are injuries.