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Andrew Gaze says it’s a ‘good move’ for Matthew Dellavedova to return to Cleveland

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze is backing Matthew Dellavedova to find some of his best form once again after completing a move back to Cleveland earlier this week.

The Aussie made the move to the Cavs in a three-way trade which saw George Hill and Jason Smith move to Milwaukee and Sam Dekker move to Washington along with an exchange of draft selections.

Dellavedova has had success with Cleveland in the past when he had a breakout NBA Playoffs series alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in 2015.

The guard made a name for himself through his aggressive playing style which proved to be too difficult for several opposition teams to handle including Golden State superstar Steph Curry who struggled at times against the Aussie.

However, Dellavedova’s career in the NBA has since stagnated after moving to Milwaukee in 2016.

After featuring in the majority of the Bucks’ games in his first season with the franchise, the 28-year-old’s game time has dropped significantly to the point where he only played in 12 of 25 games this season – averaging just eight minutes per game.

But Gaze is backing the tough Victorian to get some minutes.

“I think that he’s a favourite son there,” Gaze said.

“He’s blue collar, he works his tail off.

“They’re going through a rebuilding stage and I think that it’s great he goes back to an environment that he’s comfortable in.

“He knows the city, he knows the fans and it’s a different coach, but he’ll adapt well and hopefully he gets a few more opportunities.

“I think it’s a great move for both Cleveland and Matty Dellavedova.”

The Australian representative is expected to play a big role in the Boomers 2019 FIBA World Cup tilt.

Dellavedova had 11 points, two rebounds and four assists in 15 minutes in his first game back for the Cavs against his old team, but it wasn’t enough as the Bucks took the spoils 102-98.

Cleveland are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference, while Milwaukee are second only behind Toronto.

 

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