Looking for a third point guard, it seems the Cleveland Cavaliers are close to signing Matthew Dellavedova, who went undrafted after four years playing college ball for St. Mary’s, and played for the Cavs’ Summer League team.
Dellavedova didn’t scorch the hardwood in Las Vegas, averaging 2.8 points and 3 assists per game. He was a bit more noticeable in college playing for the Gaels, finishing as the all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free throw percentage and three-point shots for the school. He has also played more minutes or dished out more assists than anyone else in the WCC for the last 15 years.
Last season he averaged 15.8 points and 6.4 assists per game, leading the team to a 14-2 conference record (finishing behind Gonzaga) and a win in the First Four of the NCAA tournament before losing to Memphis in the round of 64.
For now, the Cavaliers have Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack as their top two point guards, although it’s more than likely that Jack will be much more than a backup for Irving, instead playing a lot of minutes next to him, especially in crunch time, similar to his role for the Golden State Warriors last season.
In that scenario, the Cavs will obviously need another point guard to carry the load and give the two players some rest from managing the game on the floor. So far it’s only a call up to training camp, but he’s probably the favorite to come out of it with the job among the invited point guards.
The 22 year old also plays for the Australian national team, first appearing for the Boomers in 2009. He has since gone on to play in the Olympic games as well, helping Australia reach the quarterfinals, averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 assists last summer in London.