Nobody in the Cavaliers’ camp is enjoying the NBA championship like Matthew Dellavedova. The Australian guard is reportedly drawing massive offers from the NBA rival teams like Detroit Pistons or Milwaukee Bucks this summer.
The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent and is tipped for an offer sheet worth $10 million per season.
“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,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said.
Dellavedova signed a modest $US1.2 million extension with the Cavs last summer after his dismal performance in the 2015 NBA Finals.
Dellavedova is a restricted free agent which means the Cavs would get the opportunity to match any potential offer. But Cleveland has a bloated salary cap situation. So, they could go nowhere near the touted rival amount. The Cavs have the highest payroll of $103 million for this season, well above the salary cap of $70 million.
Detroit and Milwaukee sent scouts during the playoffs for Dellavedova, not J.R.Smith, as points out Windhorst.
“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.”
“For some reason, 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, (coach) 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 Houston Rockets were also pursuing the Australian guard earlier, as reported by the Sports Rageous on 1st June.
The 25-year-old Cavs’ guard posted career high averages of 7.5 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game this regular season. He also shot 41% from behind the arc, according to the Fox Sports.
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