It appears as if Matthew Dellavedova’s time with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over.
According to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com, the Cavs will not match the four-year, $38.5 million offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks. Delly is expected to sign his offer sheet when he is eligible to on July 7.
As a restricted free agent, the Cavs will have three days from when he signs the offer sheet to match, meaning they’d have to match by July 10 to do so. With the team not matching, Dellavedova will head to the Bucks. Per Haynes, the teams will not do a sign-and-trade for Delly either, meaning that he will walk for nothing. Last week, it was reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that the Bucks didn’t expect the Cavs to match their offer.
Last year, Dellavedova was a restricted free agent, but received no offers and had to return to the Cavs by signing his one-year qualifying offer. Heading into free agency, Dellavedova averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 assists while shooting 41 percent from three in 76 games.
For the Cavs, this does leave a whole at backup point guard. Mo Williams is signed to the roster at the moment and the team recently drafted Oakland’s Kay Felder in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. At this time, they seem like the most likely options to take Delly’s place in the rotation.