No. 3: Matthew Dellavedova
Sure, Matthew Dellavedova isn’t really all that good of an NBA player anymore. However, he is so beloved for what he did with the Cavaliers over the years. If he were to come back to the Land, fans would be ecstatic.
He is still a solid perimeter defender, as his energy and hustle is still remarkable. Even though he is 32 years old, he still dives after loose balls, is a very vocal player on offense and defense, and is a great leader in the locker room.
He only averaged 1.5 points, 1.3 assists, and 0.4 rebounds per game last year. He played 6.7 minutes per game in a total of 32 games that he suited up for. Even with the lack of production, Dellavedova’s veteran presence in the locker room had to have been a big part of the Sacramento Kings making the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Per-36 minutes, Delly averaged 7.9 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. Those numbers are inflated just because he barely played, but it still shows that he’s a solid defender and great playmaker.
His offense is not really there anymore, as he shot 34.0% from the field and 33.3% from distance. His jump shot is not close to what it used to be, which is okay.
Delly would not get a lot of playing time if he were to be in Cleveland, but his signing would mainly be about his veteran presence, especially if Ricky Rubio were to be traded at some point (a reasonable scenario), and for the fans.