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Reports: Bucks trade for veteran George Hill, send Mathew Dellavedova back to Cavaliers

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The Milwaukee Bucks have Eric Bledsoe at the point, although let’s be real here, most of the time you want the ball in Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s hands. Still, there was a lack of depth the Bucks could trust at the point behind Bledsoe.

Enter veteran George Hill.

The Cavaliers and Bucks have agreed to a trade that sends George Hill to Milwaukee for Mathew Dellavedova, John Henson, and a couple of future picks, a trade broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Bucks save $18 million in salary next summer with this move (Hill is in the final year of his contract), which means they can pay Kris Middleton, keep Malcolm Brogdon, and still have roughly $20 million to make a splash in the free agent market. The Bucks want to contend, this move puts them in position to have the players around the Greek Freak to be a force in future seasons.

Plus, in the short term, the “win now” Bucks get a little better a solid veteran guard who can be part of their rotation, playing the one or the two.

The Wizards shave about $5 million off their tax bill as the third team.

What the Cavaliers do is take on long-term salary to get draft picks in 2021 — this is a team accepting it is in rebuilding mode and making smart moves to help that along (although those may not be good 2021 picks, the Bucks could be a force that season).

This trade is a win for the Bucks — they get better now and more flexible going forward.

For the Cavaliers, they may not have done much better and this trade fits with their long-term goals.

Paul George: Team USA had to match physicality of ‘dirty’ Australia

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Team USA earned a hard-fought win over Australia today.

A key?

Paul George on Australia, via Tony Harper of Fox Sports:

“We knew that coming in – this team has a knack for being a little dirty.”

“We just had to match their physicality,” said George. “That’s what we had to do. That’s the only way a team is going to get us out of our comfort zone is to muddy the game, doing little stuff to get to us.”

A team with Mathew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut dirty? Why, I never.

George helped set the tone early by getting into a stare-down with Dellavedova, but Delly didn’t flinch, either. Both teams brought it in the showdown of undefeateds.

Were the Australians actually dirty? I say they were more unforgiving than dirty.

Of course, they’d agree. Harper:

Boomers legend and now assistant coach Luc Longley fired back in response: “Tell ‘em that’s international basketball.’’

There’s definitely more allowable contact in international play, and Australia took full advantage. Team USA responded enough in kind to allow its talent advantage to win out.