How Cavs stole Matthew Dellavedova from Knicks for $100,000

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The notion that no NBA team wanted Matthew Dellavedova is false.

Actually, several did, according to an interesting report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Here’s how it went down, according to Windhorst:

To say Matthew Dellavedova was unwanted isn’t true. Undrafted, yes, but he had several contract offers rolling in that night. One was from the New York Knicks. A little bidding war unfolded and the Cavs kept upping their offer. Finally, Grant reached the number agent Bill Duffy was looking for: $100,000 guaranteed on a two-year contract that was otherwise non-guaranteed. This is now looking like one of the greatest moves in team history after the gritty little Aussie had yet another incredible Finals game, this one including 20 points and a vital flailing banker in the fourth quarter that was as improbable as this career path.

Still, things didn’t start well for Delly:

Then summer league started. The stories have grown in the two years since, but generally all agree Dellavedova was horrible from the first practice onward and only marginally improved over the two weeks in Las Vegas. The Cavs will never admit it, but they must have wondered if they’d flushed $100,000 down the drain for a player who didn’t look like he’d be able to cut it at the next level.

Dellavedova, who makes $816,000, is credited with shutting down NBA MVP Steph Curry, who makes $10.6 million, so far in this series.

The Cavs have probably stopped wondering about their ROI.

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