The Cavs are clearly rebuilding their roster as it showed last week when they shipped out Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz.
Now they have shipped out another veteran player while bringing back a fan favorite in return.
The Cavs are finalizing a trade that’ll send George Hill to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Cleveland will receive guard Matthew Dellavedova, forward/center John Henson as well as a 2021 first via Milwaukee and a 2022 second round pick via Washington.
The Washington Wizards will send Jason Smith to Milwaukee and receive a 2021 second round pick via Cleveland.
The Cavs took on guaranteed money beyond this season in this deal to get those future draft picks while also sending Hill, an 11-year veteran to an Eastern Conference contender.
The biggest headline from this deal is that Cleveland and Dellavedova are reunited.
The 28-year-old point guard signed with the Cavs as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and his grit and hustle made him a fan favorite in Cleveland during his four year run with the team from 2013-16.
He made himself known nationally for his hard style of play that rubbed people the wrong way in Chicago and Atlanta during the 2015 playoff run.
With Kyrie Irving injured, Dellavedova got a lot more playing time and was the second best player on that Finals team behind LeBron James.
He shut down Warriors guard Steph Curry for part of the series and scored 20 points in a Game 3 victory that resulted in his night ending in a hospital for dehydration.
After the Cavs won the championship in 2016, Dellavedova signed a four year, $38 million contract with Milwaukee. While he was a starter for the majority of his first year there, his minutes have been cut significantly to where he’s only averaging 8 minutes per game this season.
Henson underwent wrist surgery last week and reports were that Milwaukee was hopeful for him to be back by the playoffs.
He’s a decent defender but he hasn’t displayed a solid offensive game in his seven-year career.
Both Dellavedova and Henson are under contract through the end of the 2019-2020 season and both could be moved again by the February 7 trade deadline.
The 2021 first round pick from Milwaukee does have protections