Australian basketballer Matthew Dellavedova to sign on with NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers

Murray WenzelThe West Australian
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Cleveland are set to retain Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova as they push for a return to the NBA play-offs next season.

The Boomers’ backcourt rock has signed a one-year deal with the Cavaliers according to ESPN, extending his second stint at the club he won a title with in 2016 to a third season.

The 30-year-old averaged almost 10 points and 11 assists in the final three games of the season and will provide a steady hand alongside Melbourne product Dante Exum as they push for a return to the post season after a two-year absence.

The Cavaliers finished last in the Eastern Conference earlier this year but have high hopes with Dellavedova providing cover for a Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Exum back-court rotation.

Experienced trio Andre Drummond, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr are also on the Cavaliers’ roster.

Dellavedova’s retention follows Boomers teammate Aron Baynes’ move from Phoenix to Toronto on Monday (AEDT), while Australian college standout Josh Green was selected by Dallas with the 18th pick in last week’s draft.

Australians Thon Maker, Jonah Bolden, Ryan Broekhoff, Will Magnay and Jock Landale are among free agents yet to secure NBA deals ahead of the season’s December 22 tip-off.

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