Bucks 'capable of great things' as Dellavedova completes move


After claiming the NBA championship in 2015-16, Cleveland Cavaliers cult hero Matthew Dellavedova is heading to the Milwaukee Bucks to win.

Dellavedova's move to Milwaukee was made official on Thursday after the Bucks and Cavs completed a trade, with the tenacious Australian guard swapping places in exchange for the rights to 34-year-old Albert Miralles and a trade exception.

The 25-year-old, who is reportedly set to earn $38million over four years, spent three years at Quicken Loans Arena but he is looking forward to joining forces with coach Jason Kidd, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael-Carter Williams in Milwaukee.

"Can't wait to get started with the Milwaukee Bucks. I am looking forward to growing with this exciting, young team," Dellavedova wrote via his official Twitter account.

"I believe we are capable of great things. I am here to win and am ready to help in any way I can.

"I look forward to getting to know the people and city of Milwaukee. Let's go Bucks."

Dellavedova earned cult status thanks to his no-nonsense style of play in Cleveland's unsuccessful NBA Finals campaign against the Golden State Warriors in 2015, which they avenged this year.

In 215 games for the Cavaliers, Dellavedova averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 assists, though he had improved averages of 7.5 points and 4.4 points during the 2015-16 regular-season.

And in his farewell message to the Cavs, Dellavedova said: "Thank you for the past three years. The Cavaliers are a great organisation and I really want to thank everyone involved for giving me my opportunity, making me feel so welcome.

"Thank you to all the staff, coaches, and players that I have worked with during my time at Cleveland; I have made lifelong friends. Winning a championship with a special group of players, I can't wait for the first reunion. Thank you to the fans for all the love and support."

Cavs general manager David Griffin added: "We wish Delly the best as he continues his career in Milwaukee. Delly is a special person on and off the court and was a very dedicated, hard worker that grew as part of our team and made significant contributions to our success.

"Our coaches and his teammates will always appreciate his 'all in' approach to the game, as he was ready to contribute whenever his number was called. We know he will continue to grow and succeed as he takes the next steps of his NBA journey with the Bucks."