Delly just got paid! Well, he's made an agreement with a team that means sometime soon he's going to get paid, but you get the idea. Many have reported and many have confirmed the deal, so we'll go with Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com who says Matthew Dellavedova is about to get $39.5 million over four years from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Haynes says in his story that he doesn't expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to match.
Earlier in the day, we heard rumblings about sign-and-trade agreements for Matthew Dellavedova, namely involving Sacramento. We also wondered how, exactly, the Cleveland Cavaliers would respond to this deal.
Timofey Mozgov was unrestricted when he signed with the Lakers. Delly, on the other hand is restricted, meaning the Cleveland Cavaliers will have three days to match from whenever the deal is officially submitted. On the surface, it's easy to understand why Haynes might be right and the Cavaliers would let Matthew Dellavedova walk. We've acknowledged here time and again that as much as Delly provides basketball value, and as much as he's improved year-over-year, his skills aren't impossible to replace. That being said, the Cavaliers are in a difficult spot trying to replace anybody.
The nature of being over the cap is that you can't sign free agents except by exception. There are mid-level exceptions, bi-annual exceptions, and even trade exceptions if you can acquire someone by trade. There are a ton of rules surrounding all those things as well. So while Delly's deal might seem too rich for what he offers the Cavaliers, he does represent something real and tangible from a basketball perspective both offensively and defensively. He offers a backup for Kyrie Irving, and the promise of potential improvement playing alongside LeBron James and company. That's obviously a luxury that the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to decide if they're willing to pay for.
They probably won't, and maybe it's smart from a dollars and sense standpoint, but it's hard to argue that it won't cause the Cavaliers to get a little bit marginally worse from a pure basketball perspective.
Also, if you believe LeBron truly is the general manager of the Cavaliers, it would appear the decision might have been made not to match? (Half kidding.)