The new-look Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of adding a gritty NBA champion.
The Cavs have three days to match the Bucks' offer starting July 7, but that may not be happening. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that the Bucks don't expect them to do so.
Buckshad some sign-and-trade discussions with Cavs on Dellavedova but there's no traction as yet. Bucks are not expecting a match.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 1, 2016
More importantly, GM LeBron James has practically sealed the deal.
Congrats to my brother! @matthewdelly on his deal! Good luck in Milwaukee! Very deserving to you and your family. 1— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 1, 2016
If Cleveland officially decides to move on, Dellavedova would be a nice fit for the Bucks. On a team needing 3-point shooting and defense — especially from the guard area — Dellavedova fills that void. Last season with the Cavs, he shot 41% from deep, which would've been the second-best mark on the Bucks among qualifying players behind Jerryd Bayless. He's also shown the ability to be a willing passer.
Dellavedova could either start as an off-ball point guard with Giannis Antetokounmpo or come off the bench behind Michael Carter-Williams (provided he's not dealt by camp).
The Bucks are already down two guards from last year's roster, with Bayless departing to Philly and O.J. Mayo receiving a two-year ban for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. Even with the Dellevadova signing, look for them to still be in the market for another guard.