Late in the afternoon on Dec. 7, 2018, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded point guard George Hill and Sam Dekker to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson, and a 2021 first and second-round pick. While this move doesn’t save much cap for the Cavs it does give them another mentor and a Cleveland legend in Delly and a young center with Henson.
This move for the Cavs shows one thing… they are willing to take on more money to let the veteran players go and to get more assets for the rebuild. It is apparent that Collin Sexton is the future for the Cavs and they need to acquire as many assets to build around him as they can. This is the kind of deal they need to do in order for that to happen. This gives the Bucks a solid two-way point guard that should play well in the Bucks’ system.
With the Cavs fully investing in Sexton, this moves brings in a tough defensive minded backup point guard in Delly that can mentor him and teach him how to deal with the pesky defenders. Delly is also a good distributor and that is the one thing that Sexton truly needs to be better at. Delly could show Sexton the ropes on how to get the assists a point guard in the NBA should be getting. Also, another big part of bringing Dellavedova back is getting him back to being the Cleveland legend that he is.
The second player coming to the Cavs is John Henson. Henson is a 6’11” center that can shoot the three but also block shots. He is 27-years-old and once he gets back from wrist surgery he had earlier this season, he will be a nice back-up for the surging Tristan Thompson. Along with this, the Cavs could possibly aggregate or add Henson onto another trade by the February trade deadline if they wanted to. This is the main reason why the Cavs wanted to get this deal done with such haste. This is the main reason for acquiring Henson as the Cavs have plenty of big men with the quality to play everyday minutes.
Finally, the biggest thing to take away from this trade is that the Cavs are getting back some draft capital for George Hill. They need as many picks as they can get right now and these trades are the way to go.
Overall, this trade works well for both teams and expect the Cavs to try and trade JR Smith within the coming weeks. I love this trade mainly because the Cavs not only get back some draft capital, they bring home a legend in Matthew Dellavedova. As they always say, When one King leaves, another king returns.