Dellavedova played his first three National Basketball Association seasons with the Cavaliers from 2013-2016 and was a member of Cleveland's 2016 National Basketball Association championship team. The Washington Wizards joined the multi-player deal as well, acquiring Sam Dekker from the Cavaliers, while sending Jason Smith and a second round draft pick to the Bucks.
As part of the trade, Cleveland is also receiving Milwaukee's own 2021 first round pick and 2021 second round pick as well as a 2022 second round pick from the Washington Wizards.
The Bucks will send John Henson with Dellavedova to Cleveland in exchange for Cavaliers guards George Hill and Sam Dekker, per Wojnarowski. "We will continue to look for ways to improve and strengthen our position for the future while enhancing our ability to compete and grow in the short term also", said Cavs general manager Koby Altman in a report from ESPN.
While it might not get much attention league-wide in the midst of a lost season for Cleveland, this trade was exactly what the Cavaliers needed right now. Dellavedova and Henson each have one year and $10 million left on their respective deals. He is averaging 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Wizards.
The Cavs have just five wins from 25 games but Dellavedova started his National Basketball Association career at a rebuilding Cleveland and will hopefully get plenty of court time compared to the bench-warming duties he had with the Bucks this season.
"Even though things weren't going as well for him, he was always positive, always tried to talk to all of the guys and keep this spirit up".
The Bucks also will get a future second-round pick from the Wizards, who swapped future second-round picks with the Cavaliers. Cleveland recently traded sharpshooter Kyle Korver to Utah for two picks in 2020 and 2021.
He has had a below-average season to date with just 1.7 points and 2.4 assists in 8.1 minutes per game. The 24-year-old has played only nine games.
"I'm glad my Aussie brother is back", Cavs center Tristan Thompson said following a 129-110 loss to Sacramento. "Brings us veteran leadership, a guy that's won before, a guy that's going to push Collin [Sexton], control the game for the second unit and he'll make shots". "We wish Jason the best moving forward and appreciate the value he brought to our team as a great teammate and true professional".