Bucks trade Dellavedova, Henson for Cavs' Hill, Dekker
The Milwaukee Bucks are trading Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and two draft picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker, ESPN reported Friday.
The trade includes first- and- second-round picks in 2021. The first-round pick is reportedly lottery-protected in 2021 and top-10 protected in 2022. There are other protections through 2024, but it converts to two second-round picks if not conveyed by 2025.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowki reports the trade will save Milwaukee $18 million in salary for the 2019-20 season, giving the Bucks flexibility to upgrade their roster. He adds that both teams showed urgency to make the deal Friday so that all players involved will be eligible to be aggregated into other deals on the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Shortly after the deal, ESPN reported the Washington Wizards acquired Dekker for big man Jason Smith and a swap of second-round picks. The Wizards will receive a 2021 second-rounder and send a 2022 second-rounder to Milwaukee.
For the Bucks, adding the 32-year-old Hill rounds out a deep guard trio with Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe. Hill is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 assists per game this season while shooting 46.4 percent from 3-point range.
Henson, who turns 28 on Dec. 28, injured his wrist in November and is out at least until spring following surgery. He averaged 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game through 14 contests.
Dellavedova, 28, was with the Cavs from 2013-2016, helping the team win a title in 2016 before leaving for the Bucks on a four-year, $38 million contract. He has had a below-average season to date with just 1.7 points and 2.4 assists in 8.1 minutes per game.
Dekker, 24, has played just nine games this season, averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.
Smith, 32, is averaging 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.8 minutes across 12 games for the Wizards.
--Field Level Media
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