Cavs trade Hill, Dekker for Dellavedova, Henson & two draft picks

Tanya Simon
December 8, 2018

The Wizards would acquire Sam Dekker from Cleveland via Milwaukee and would swap second-round draft picks with Cleveland, with the Cavs sending the Wizards' 2021 pick back to Washington for the Wizards' 2022 selection.

The first-round pick in 2021 is protected, the person said.

According to Wojnarowski, Milwaukee will save $18 million in salary in the 2019-20 season with the trade.

As far as the Cavaliers are concerned, this plays into their mindset of rebuilding. Making matters even more concerning is the fact that Kevin Love could very well be traded.

The Cavs are 5-19 and in transition after LeBron James left them as a free agent this summer, effectively ending Cleveland's run as an Eastern Conference power.

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The move will save the Bucks almost $20 million in salary next season, Wojnarowski added.

Milwaukee acquired George Hill from the Cavaliers while also saving cap space.

Dellavedova spent three seasons with the Cavs, including their championship season in 2016.

The deal also has implications for Thon Maker, who looks set to establish himself as Milwaukee's backup big man moving forward, with Henson now in Cleveland, although he will have to compete with Smith for those minutes.

The trade is the second of it's kind for the struggling Cavaliers this season, who continue to unload veterans for future assets. Their major weakness is their lack of 3-point shooting, ranking 27th in the league in 3-point percentage at 32.3 percent. Dekker is now dealing with a sprained ankle that has sidelined him for a month, but he was converting on 38.4 percent of his 3-point attempts before the injury.

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