Aside from LeBron James’ tweet, there has been little indication as to whether the Cleveland Cavaliers will match the four-year, $38 million offer sheet Matthew Dellavedova will sign with the Milwaukee Bucks on July 7. But per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Bucks don’t expect the Cavs to match and the two teams also discussed a sign-and-trade:
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
This is an interesting development, as Dellavedova was a key rotation player this season even if he wasn’t on the court much during the NBA Finals. His new contract isn’t all too expensive considering the cap went up a bunch this summer and it will rise again next summer. Plus, unless the Cavs feel good about Kay Felder and/or Mo Williams being useful next season, the Cavs don’t have a clear way to replace Dellavedova.
But the Cavs are already close to the tax line and still need to fill out the roster and a new deal to negotiate with J.R. Smith. From that perspective, not matching Dellavedova makes sense.
Either way, Delly can’t sign the Bucks’ offer sheet until July 7 and the Cavs will have until July 10 to match if they are so inclined.