Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

DELLY TAKES CAVALIERS APPROACH; Dellavedova Is Determined to Make the Best of It after a Surprise Trade Move Turned His World Upside Down, Writes KANE PITMAN

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

DELLY TAKES CAVALIERS APPROACH; Dellavedova Is Determined to Make the Best of It after a Surprise Trade Move Turned His World Upside Down, Writes KANE PITMAN

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IT was a brisk Friday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Australian NBA star Matthew Dellavedova was preparing his mind for the ultimate test that night - a contest against two-time defending champions, Golden State Warriors.

Everything felt normal until the phone rang. It was Bucks general manager Jon Horst and he had a message: Dellavedova had been traded.

But before Horst had a chance to tell him where he was going the phone connection cut out.

"I got the call before I got to the arena, so I guess it's better because any later and that would have been pretty awkward," Dellavedova admitted.

"First you're in a little bit of shock, and then you start packing up some stuff and figure out when you'll be flying out and what the next steps are."

The trade was the culmination of a tough start to the 2018-19 season for the tenacious point guard.

Dellavedova had found himself on the fringe of the Bucks' rotation, struggling for firm footing in one of the Eastern Conference's contending squads.

The veteran guard had only seen the floor in 12 of the Bucks' 23 games, averaging a career low 8.1 minutes.

Injury had derailed the former starting guard, with a combination of knee and ankle complaints keeping him out of 44 games last season.

After signing a lucrative four-year, $US38 million deal in July of 2016, Dellavedova made 126 regular-season appearances for the Bucks.

It was a solid, if not spectacular stint in Wisconsin, but it's reasonable to suggest that expectations from that deal never quite met reality.

Dellavedova admits he will find time to reflect on this period in his career, when the chaos that follows a mid-season trade subsides.

"I'm sure once we get set up in Cleveland we'll have a bit more time to think about that."

Dellavedova and his wife, Anna, were living in a $US1.36 million house on the shores of Lake Michigan. …

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