Washington sends forward Jason Smith, cash considerations and removes the protections placed on the 2020 second-round pick traded in the Jodie Meeks deal to Milwaukee, and a 2022 second-round draft pick to Cleveland.
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The Bucks have sent Dellavedova, John Henson and a first and second-round draft pick in 2021 to the Cavs in exchange for Hill and Sam Dekker. This deal satisfied several important aspects for us in terms of having both long and shorter term benefits and assets involved. Smith, a seven footer, was a first round pick in 2007.
It's not about his play on the court either because while he's going to be a solid two-way guard for the Cavs, with perhaps Alec Burks taking Hill's spot in the starting lineup if he doesn't, Dellavedova's true value lies in the fact that Cleveland fans would pay to see him. It also helps the longterm outlook for Milwaukee and could give them a chance to retain one or two of their key free agents in the 2019 offseason. The 32-year-old has played in 13 games this season for the Cavaliers and averages 10.8 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent from the field.
Delly had fallen completely out of the rotation and Henson will miss a good chunk of the remainder of the season with a wrist injury, so there's really nothing lost by jettisoning them.
"We're excited to welcome George and Jason to the Bucks organisation", Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement.
Henson recently underwent surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left wrist. They did this by shedding the approximately $19 million owed to Dellavedova and Henson combined next season, while Hill only has $1 million of his $18 million salary guaranteed next season. Dekker, who underwent back surgery during his rookie season, has not played since suffering an ankle injury on November 5.
"This trade allows us to continue to work to improve our team and gives us a young, developing player in Sam whose versatility and athleticism at the forward position will allow him to earn an opportunity to contribute", said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. He will also have to get acquainted with the system of Larry Drew who took over Tyronn Lue's position.
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