Hours before tip-off against the Warriors on Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly made a three-team, five-player trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards that will send a longtime Golden State antagonist back to the Cavs.
Milwaukee will send guard Matthew Dellavedova, big man John Henson, and first- and second-round picks in 2021 to Cleveland in exchange for point guard George Hill and wing Sam Dekker. In turn, Milwaukee will send Dekker to Washington in exchange for veteran big man Jason Smith and a future second-round pick. Additionally, the Cavaliers will send their own 2021 second-round pick to the Wizards for Washington's 2022 second-rounder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst and The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Sources: Cleveland is trading George Hill to Milwaukee.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 7, 2018
Sources: Milwaukee is also sending center John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova to Cleveland for Hill.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 7, 2018
Sources: Washington will join the Cavs-Bucks deal as a third team - and acquire Sam Dekker for Jason Smith and a future second-round pick.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 8, 2018
As part of Sam Dekker being re-rerouted to Wizards, Cavs and Wizards will swap second round picks. Cavs will send a 2021 second for a 2022 second. Carry on.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 8, 2018
Both teams were set to play Northern California teams Friday night, with the Cavaliers hosting the Kings and the Bucks hosting the Warriors.
Hill reportedly expects to take his Bucks physical Monday, according to The Athletic's Joe Vardon, meaning the deal likely won't be announced until then.
Dellavedova burst on to the NBA scene as a Steph Curry "stopper" in the 2015 Finals, particularly as Cleveland jumped out to a 2-1 series lead despite the absence of stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Of course, that lead didn't last long, as the Warriors rattled off three straight wins en route to their first title in four decades. The Australian guard had a reduced role the following season, averaging 12.1 minutes per game in the playoffs as the Cavs dispatched the Warriors in seven games, and he signed an offer sheet with Milwaukee that summer.
The deal comes about a week after the Cavaliers dealt sharpshooter Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz, and the dismantling of a team that made four consecutive NBA Finals continues apace. It began with LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, and will probably continue at least until estranged Cavs guard J.R. Smith is traded.
Until then, Warriors fans will probably have about as much as sympathy as Klay Thompson did when he was reminded of the Cavs' tombstone cookies.
"Oh, yeah. Ha!" Thompson told The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "That was funny. Look how that turned out. Psssh. Bums. That was crazy. I forgot about that. Well, look at what pettiness gets you. Gets you 1-8 in the Finals. Idiots."
And, apparently, an utterly unrecognizable roster.