Will the Cavaliers match?
Is that as definitive as it looks?
The Cleveland Cavaliers will not match the offer sheet restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova received from the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources informed cleveland.com.
The Cavs should probably match, though it’s not my money. But given the luxury-tax payments Dan Gilbert has already made, why stop now?
Dellavedova is a good backup guard, and he might start for the Bucks. They could use him next to quasi-point guard Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Paying a starter $9.5 million would be great value for Milwaukee, but that’s not a bad price for a backup point guard in this market (though, again, the resulting luxury-tax payments in Cleveland would complicate matters).
The Cavaliers have Mo Williams and No. 54 pick Kay Felder, whom I rated as a first-rounder. Williams played well early last season before falling off. If the 33-year-old re-finds his footing, he’d be fine and could give Felder time to find his footing.
Still, neither option looks as good as Dellavedova. Neither does anyone Cleveland could get with the mid-level exception.
Far above the cap anyway, the Cavs’ only cost to matching would be real dollars — not roster flexibility. Apparently, that cost is too high.