The Cleveland Cavaliers seems determined to bring back their Eastern Conference championship-winning roster back this coming season. The man who became folk hero at Ohio when he was induced to duty after Kyrie Irving got injured in Cleveland’s bid for NBA championship finals – Australian point-guard Matthew Dellavedova returned to the team for the 2015-16 season.
The Cavs’ management was negotiating with the Australian restricted free agent for the past few days. On Monday, Dellavedova agreed to an one-year $1.2 million deal to return to his old side, according to sources. Earlier reports claimed that both sides were moving towards a multi-year deal.
Dellavedova ended up accepting the qualifying offer the Cavs extended to him on June 30. Cleveland will also retain the option of extending the qualifying offer to make the point guard restricted free agent next summer. The Cavs management will possess the right of “first refusal” in his case, which allows them to match any offer extended to the Australian. The point guard who went undrafted in 2013 St Mary now has only 3 years of NBA service remaining.
Cavs’ headcoach David Blatt had no other options than to field Matthew Dellavedova at the center after a knee injury sidelined All-star Irving. He responded with a convincing show, notched up 19 points to eliminate Chicago Bulls in game 6 of a playoff series.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, too, the Aussie guard scored double figures in three of four games as the Cavs swept the Hawks. He also featured in game 2 of the NBA finals and had a decent outing against the NBA champions Golden State Warriors chipping in with 9 points.