JULY 9: Dellavedova’s deal with Melbourne United is now official and will cover three years, according to a press release.
JULY 8: Matthew Dellavedova is signing with Melbourne United in Australia’s NBL, ESPN’s Olgun Uluc tweets.
The 30-year-old guard appeared in just 13 games with the Cavaliers this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Dellavedova’s season was wrecked by a variety of ailments, including a concussion, whiplash, an emergency appendectomy, and a neck strain.
Dellavedova had two stints with the Cavs. He played his first three seasons there and had a key reserve role on Cleveland’s 2016 championship team. He moved on for 1 1/2 seasons with the Bucks before returning to the Cavs during the 2018/19 campaign.
In 447 career NBA games, Dellavedova averaged 5.5 PPG and 3.7 APG.
The signing will allow Dellavedova to return to his home state of Victoria. Melbourne United is the NBL’s reigning champion.
Dellavedova is slated to play in the Olympics for the Australian national team.
28 thoughts on “Matthew Dellavedova Signs With Australian Team”
Hopefully he’ll improve his 3 point shooting percentage now as he’s not playing in NBA. Cavs need to move Sexton for Suggs and not overpay Allen as he wasn’t that good this season
The Cavs can draft Suggs at #3. He will be there!
How was Allen not that good?
why do ppl act as if it’s ok to move a player who has proven himself in the nba for an unknown? do the Cavs have dinner surplus talents I don’t know about?
The Cavs gave away Kevin Porter for absolutely nothing last year, so they must.
which was a stupid move
Good for him.
The Australian Basketball future is bright with guys like Dellavedova, Ingels, Mills and of course Simmons haha
Hope he is able to continue to play and have a long career wherever he is, especially with his major concussion history. Wish you the best Delly!!!
I wish him nothing but the best, now, and in the future. Delly, I hope your return home is a happy one and may you be blessed with good health. You’ll be missed in Cleveland, Delly. You are beloved.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. He’ll be a fan favorite always.
Damon Jones… Norris Cole… Mario Chalmers… Delly… now Alex Caruso… all guys that owe Lebron James a GIANT steak dinner for their careers lol
What a bizarre list. None that I recall, played off LJ. They’re point guards! I looked up PERs and they were mostly higher without LJ on the team. Damon Jones did not join LJ until he was 29 then went downhill.
LJ could be thanked for the rings but you said careers. The long season and making up for injuries Delly experienced in 2015 have caused an exhaustion issue that may have compromised his career, or at least his 3pt shooting, but that opposes your theory.
Caruso makes his own plays and is underrated.
Damon Jones… 15th man in and out of the NBA before he played with Lebron (he had one good season with the Heat in 04-05)
Norris Cole.. out of the NBA less than 2 years after Lebron left the Heat
Mario Chalmers… best of the bunch, but again out of the NBA 2 years after Lebron left the Heat
Delly.. got big contract from the Bucks because of his success with Lebron.. never lived up to it, washed out of the NBA
Caruso… NBA “who dat” until Lebron came to town.
As you point out.. all are PG’s… who Lebron puts a spotlight on… Steve Kerr and Bill Paxson got this treatment from Michael Jordan.. Derek Fisher got it from Kobe… Danny Ainge from Larry Bird… etc etc…
Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers are the definition of winners. They’ve won multiple titles since being out of the NBA, and they only lost their spots in the league in the first place b/c of injuries….
Also Damon Jones was a knock down shooter
Caruso was good in summer league, and showed similarities to Tyler Johnson before Lebron went there
Dellavedova is a smart, disruptive playmaker, who can also shoot, and defend the PG spot
Those are all guys that would be on rosters
“would be”… but aren’t… Tyler Johnson is another guy who would be a “star” like these names and is too washing out of the NBA right now….. this is a pattern
I dont know what any of this means…but Mario Chalmers tearing his achilles has nothing to do with him not playing with Lebron. Also, if Norris Cole was on that first Lebron Heat team (or they hadnt got rid of patrick Beverley in training camp for Eddie house), they win that championship
Chalmers has been trying to get back into the NBA for almost 5 years… not one team has given him a chance.. he’s played over seas and in the BIG3…. not in the NBA. I’ll let you figure out why that might be. Not even the Heat gave him a flyer when they badly needed a back up for Dragic (pre Nunn)
What does that have to do with what he was before his injury?
He hasn’t been injured since 2017… he hasn’t been in the NBA since. Are you suggesting he’s been playing professionally over seas and in the big3 for 4-5 years with a torn achilles? lol
Do you not realize how ridiculous this comment is? Torn Achilles is the most devastating injury in sports. Also, the fact he hasnt been back in the NBA since has nothing to do with LeBron making his entire career. He was good before Lebron by the way, which is part of why he was one of only a couple of players kept when Lebron came to the Heat, and has been a champion multiple times overseas. He also was in strong position for a new contract before he got hurt, also without Lebron
LBJ helped get role players paid.
They were going to make the team anyway.
They were strugglers, so what. LJ did not help any make the team, or make them as shooters. Their careers were unchanged except they got rings.
Did LJ help THOSE players get paid?— they’re not known to be attached. No.
Would they not have been re-signed anyway? Did they make big money?— no.
I will tell you how LJ helped them: by soaking up so much capspace, the team could not afford to upgrade at PG. But not your point, whatever that is.
jeremyn, LJ does not put a spotlight on PGs. He puts a spotlight on himself; maybe the center a little. I do not see your trend in effect. “Bill Paxson” was well overshadowed but was efficient.
Your point makes no sense.
Delly shooting 42%3 with a high work rate probably impressed the Bucks more than him being LJ’s teammate.
jeremyn look at the record for Jones. My summary is more accurate. You are nonsensical and pointless. PGs function almost separately from LJ, even Irving. You are just playing with your dolls of different sizes and making the smaller ones beg for protection.
Watch some Laker games.
Can you name me a 10-5 (or less) PG that got the prestige of the guys I named without the rub off of their GOAT teammates? Damon Jones played on 7 teams before the Cavs and if you asked 100 NBA fans in 2005 who he was.. 90 would have no clue and the other 10 would be heat fans.. by the time he retired he was known as LeBron’s bff and turned it into a lucrative post NBA career… Delly got a 40 mill contract from the Bucks.. even got a sign and trade from the cavs to get that contract… I get you’re trying to defend these guys like they would have the success without the rubs they got.. but ask the other 99% of back up PG’s with mediocre stats if they would trade spots with them.
Yipes!!! A concussion, whiplash, an emergency appendectomy and a neck strain all in one (shortened) season?
I’d strongly consider moving as far away as I could also!!!
Delly lost his early ability to hit 3s, but when he came into game, he could make things happen with passing. He always had the heart and energy. Not al ways the health.
It really doesn’t occur to you he was hitting those 3’s because he was wide open while teams double teamed Lebron do you? That’s how these mediocre PG’s become NBA stars.. their GOAT teammates.
He’ll be very big down under….