Matthew Dellavedova Face Former Team Cleveland Cavaliers; Reflects On The Real Reason Why He Left

By Fay Morgan, Posted: 12/01/16 06:00AM EST

Matthew Dellavedova came into the league in 2013 but was undrafted during the NBA Draft. In the 2013 NBA Summer League, the Cleveland Cavaliers saw his potential and added him to their roster. That is where he started his professional career.

Dellavedova stayed with the Cavaliers from 2013 and has been giving out his season's best game from the time he started with them. He first signed a two-year contract with the Cavs worth $1.3 million and continued to play with the team until 2016.

In 2016, he was then acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks via a sign-in-trade deal with the Cavaliers. Dellavedova wanted a long-term deal with the Cavs but it never came, however, there was another team who wanted to sign him in a deal that was hard to refuse.

According to, Cleveland opted to not match the Milwaukee Bucks' surprising four-year offer sheet worth $38 million, ending Dellavedova's three-year run from undrafted free agent to Cleveland folk hero.

The decision to choose was hard for Dellavedova. He said, "It was tough to decide to leave because you're coming off the highest of highs and I loved my time in Cleveland."

He added, "Fun team, great group of guys, great organization and fans obviously. But I had an opportunity here that I couldn't pass up to see how good I could be as a starting point guard and really challenge myself. You never know if or when that opportunity will come along again."

Now, the time has come for the Australian basketball player to face his former team- now rivals inside the court. The Bucks faced the Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and it was a close fight. The Bucks won the game with a close score of 118 to 101. The Bucks hustled their way through every quarter and made sure to win the game.

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