Matthew Dellavedova could be headed back to Cleveland via trade

Matthew Dellavedova could be on his way back "home" to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The NBA championship winner is reportedly on the verge of being involved in a multi-player trade between his Milwaukee Bucks and the Cavaliers.

The Bucks’ Matthew Dellavedova (left) may be heading back to Cleveland.Credit:AP

ESPN has reported that the two clubs are finalising a trade which would see respected point guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker head to the Bucks for Dellavedova, John Henson, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.

The Cavaliers are among the worst teams in the league this season following LeBron James’ move to the LA Lakers and the loss or trade of several other veteran stars, so Dellavedova’s return would be a boost for fans who enjoyed his hustle and tireless work after rising from an undrafted free agent in 2013 to making their roster.

The Bucks signed Dellavedova to a $38-million, four-year deal after the Cavaliers won the championship in 2016 but this season they have actively looked to move him to free up salary cap room heading into the last year of his deal next season.

So the trade gives the Cavaliers an additional first-round pick and a veteran to help guide their young stars like rookie point guard Collin Sexton, while the Bucks get a proven guard in Hill and cap room to try and re-sign several young talents including Australian big man Thon Maker.

Henson's departure also opens up more game time for Maker who started the season on the bench but has been playing more in recent weeks.

Neither club can comment on the deal until it is approved and finalised.

There are also reports that the deal needs to be completed swiftly as under NBA rules players traded before December 7 (US time) can still be moved again before the trade deadline in February – so perhaps Dellavedova's return to Cleveland may not be a long one.

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