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Matthew Dellavedova | Guard

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
College: Saint Mary's
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The Cavs have extended a qualifying contract offer to G Matthew Dellavedova.
He'll now be a restricted free agent, but his return to Cleveland is up in the air as the Cavs have much larger fish to fry ahead of Delly's contract situation. Jun 29 - 2:01 PM

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David Griffin said that he will extend a qualifying offer to Matthew Dellavedova, making him a restricted free agent this offseason.

Dellavedova had a handful of very nice games during the Cavs postseason run once Kyrie Irving went down, but he's still not much more than a backup point guard in the NBA. His hustle is impressive, but Cleveland did try to find an upgrade to Delly throughout the regular-season, so if he receives an offer on the open market that's higher than around $3 million annually, he may not be retained. As a backup point guard, he has zero fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jun 18 - 4:29 PM

Matthew Dellavedova scored only one point in 25 ineffective minutes on Tuesday, recording four rebounds and two assists with two turnovers and six personal fouls.

Delly's first Finals has taken a wide arc from heroics in Games 1-3 to some miserable play over the past week. He was asked to defend the league MVP while providing far more off-the-dribble offense than he's used to, so his struggles were primarily a case of unrealistic expectations. If nothing else, the Cavs' undrafted PG has proven that he belongs in the NBA for years to come.
Jun 17 - 12:31 AM

Matthew Dellavedova logged 42 minutes in Sunday's Game 5 loss, scoring five points on 2-of-9 shooting (1-of-5 from deep) with zero rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Delly wasn't able to make an imprint on the game as he had earlier in the series, and though he has played some admirable defense at times he has been obscenely overhyped as a Stephen Curry stopper this series. His main job right now, especially since Iman Shumpert is Cleveland's preferred option on Curry, is to make his open 3-pointers. The 40 percent shooter from this season is hitting just 23 percent in the Finals, so at home isn't the worst place for a positive regression to occur.
Jun 14 - 11:20 PM

Cavs' head coach David Blatt said that Matthew Dellavedova is more himself today than he was prior to Game 4.

Delly looked gassed during Game 4's blowout loss, but he's had a full two days of rest to get ready for Sunday's Game 5 in Oakland. Cleveland really doesn't have many options to play behind Dellavedova, so his minutes will likely be in the 40s tonight, and it'll be interesting to see how he handles that workload. Additionally, Blatt would not give any details on his starting lineup, saying "we'll all have to live with the mystery" until tipoff, so we'll have to wait and see if he makes a change to counter Steve Kerr's lineup change.
Jun 14 - 6:51 PM

Matthew Dellavedova was on the other end of the spectrum during a loss on Thursday, making 3-of-14 from the field for 10 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and three turnovers.

He was a hero for his out-of-his-mind game on Tuesday, but Delly just didn't have it tonight. The medical staff did work on him during this game in an effort to prevent cramping and that may have been a factor tonight. On the bright side, Dellavedova had some good passes and his perimeter defense was up to par, as well. Luckily for him, he'll have two days off before Game 5 on Sunday.
Jun 12 - 12:12 AM

Matthew Dellavedova does not have a minutes restriction for Game 4 on Thursday.

What choice does coach David Blatt have? Dellavedova said he was the most exhausted he's ever been following his trip to the hospital on Tuesday night, but the Cavs need Delly for close to 40 minutes tonight. We'll see if he can keep his momentum going.
Jun 11 - 7:36 PM

Matthew Dellavedova said he's fully recovered from the dehydration he suffered in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Dellavedova wasn't in any danger of missing Game 4, but it sounds like he's fully recovered after requiring a hospital trip and IV after Game 3. While he said he would out his usual pre-game cup of black coffee on Thursday, we'll look for Dellavedova to see a minor decrease in minutes as the Cavs try to alleviate his workload.
Jun 11 - 12:23 PM

Matthew Dellavedova said his dehydration won't cause him to miss Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

After needing an IV to stem dehydration from Game 3, Dellavedova said he'll be ready for Game 4 on Thursday. "Right now, it’s just getting as much fluids in as you can, just trying to eat a lot," Dellavedova said on Wednesday. Asked if Australia should consider knighting Dellavedova, LeBron James said, "Whatever that guy wants or needs, I’m all for it." We'll look for a decreased workload for Delly in Game 4, but it's unlikely he see less than 30 minutes due to the Cavaliers truncated rotation.
Jun 11 - 9:42 AM

Matthew Dellavedova said he'll be ready to play on Thursday.

"That's probably the tiredest I’ve been," Dellavedova said. "It’s good we don’t have to play back-to-backs." He needed an IV and a trip to the hospital, but Delly will be ready to go. While his 20 points in Game 3 get a lot of attention, his defense on treys has been massive. In fact, Dellavedova's man has made just 17.6 percent from deep in the NBA Finals (per SportVU).
Jun 10 - 2:40 PM

According to head coach David Blatt, Matthew Dellavedova (cramping) and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) are expected to play in Game 4 on Thursday.

Dellavedova spent the night at a hospital after dealing with severe cramping and dehydration, but he is expected to be fine moving forward. When Blatt told Dellavedova that his minutes would be limited in Game 4, Dellavedova said, "No, You're not." You have to admire the Aussie's toughness, and his defense on Stephen Curry has been phenomenal in this series. Dellavedova will meet the media soon, so we will pass along any details as necessary.
Jun 10 - 1:47 PM

Matthew Dellavedova (cramping) is doing much better and is scheduled to leave the hospital shortly.

Dellavedova was physically exhausted and dehydrated after Game 3 on Tuesday, but he is reportedly doing "much better" after receiving an IV and staying at a clinic overnight. He will be discharged from the hospital shortly and will meet with the media later this afternoon, so we should have more details on his status soon. Dellavedova has been a hero for the Cavaliers in this series, and the good news is that it sounds like he will be good to go for Game 4 on Thursday. Stay tuned.
Jun 10 - 11:40 AM

Matthew Dellavedova needed an IV due to severe cramping after Game 3 and he will continue to receive treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

Delly scored 20 points in 39 frenetic minutes of action on Tuesday and was visibly exhausted at a few points in the game. He gave an on-court interview to ESPN Radio after the final buzzer, but wasn't available to the media afterward because he was receiving an IV and undergoing further tests. The Cavs will update his status Wednesday afternoon.
Jun 10 - 1:50 AM

Matthew Dellavedova had a career-defining Game 3, pairing his impressive defense with 20 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and only two turnovers in 39 minutes.

Delly was the personification of 'hustle' tonight, throwing himself into the stands and onto the court to pursue loose balls, bouncing his way through innumerable screens, and making timely buckets for a Cavs team that needs all the offense it can muster. Dellavedova has a $1.1 million qualifying offer this summer and it will be fascinating to see how much money he's offered as a restricted free agent.
Jun 10 - 12:15 AM

Matthew Dellavedova just wants to make it difficult for Stephen Curry.

"He's going to be aggressive like he usually is," Dellavedova said of Curry. "He's a great player and can get off his shot whenever he wants to. Just try to make it as hard as possible and if he knocks a couple down just keep playing and not get discouraged by it." Delly was superb on defense during Game 2, keeping Curry to 0-of-8 shooting when matched up with him in the halfcourt. Dellavedova will need to put forth a similar defensive effort against the league MVP for the Cavs to have a chance at securing a Game 3 victory back home in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Jun 9 - 2:38 PM

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PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
SG1Iman Shumpert
2Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Mike Miller
3Cedi Osman
4Sir'Dominic Pointer
PF1Tristan Thompson
2Rakeem Christmas
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Anderson Varejao
3Brendan Haywood