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NBA Rumors: Bucks trade for George Hill hours before game vs. Warriors

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NBA Rumors: Bucks trade for George Hill hours before game vs. Warriors

Hours before tip-off against the Warriors on Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly made a three-team, five-player trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards that will send a longtime Golden State antagonist back to the Cavs. 

Milwaukee will send guard Matthew Dellavedova, big man John Henson, and first- and second-round picks in 2021 to Cleveland in exchange for point guard George Hill and wing Sam Dekker. In turn, Milwaukee will send Dekker to Washington in exchange for veteran big man Jason Smith and a future second-round pick. Additionally, the Cavaliers will send their own 2021 second-round pick to the Wizards for Washington's 2022 second-rounder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst and The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Both teams were set to play Northern California teams Friday night, with the Cavaliers hosting the Kings and the Bucks hosting the Warriors. 

Hill reportedly expects to take his Bucks physical Monday, according to The Athletic's Joe Vardon, meaning the deal likely won't be announced until then. 

Dellavedova burst on to the NBA scene as a Steph Curry "stopper" in the 2015 Finals, particularly as Cleveland jumped out to a 2-1 series lead despite the absence of stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Of course, that lead didn't last long, as the Warriors rattled off three straight wins en route to their first title in four decades. The Australian guard had a reduced role the following season, averaging 12.1 minutes per game in the playoffs as the Cavs dispatched the Warriors in seven games, and he signed an offer sheet with Milwaukee that summer. 

The deal comes about a week after the Cavaliers dealt sharpshooter Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz, and the dismantling of a team that made four consecutive NBA Finals continues apace. It began with LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, and will probably continue at least until estranged Cavs guard J.R. Smith is traded. 

Until then, Warriors fans will probably have about as much as sympathy as Klay Thompson did when he was reminded of the Cavs' tombstone cookies. 

“Oh, yeah. Ha!” Thompson told The Athletic's Anthony Slater. “That was funny. Look how that turned out. Psssh. Bums. That was crazy. I forgot about that. Well, look at what pettiness gets you. Gets you 1-8 in the Finals. Idiots.”

And, apparently, an utterly unrecognizable roster. 

Several reasons why the Kings opted to ship George Hill to Cleveland

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Several reasons why the Kings opted to ship George Hill to Cleveland

SACRAMENTO -- Boom. The Sacramento Kings jumped in the trade deadline action Thursday morning, sending George Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 3-team deal including the Utah Jazz.

The final deals haven’t been announced by either of the three teams and a source confirms that the situation is still fluid.

What’s Coming In

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Kings receive veteran Joe Johnson from the Jazz, as well as wing Iman Shumpert from the Cavs. Also included in the deal for Sacramento is the Miami Heat’s 2020 second round pick and $3+ million in cash.

There is a good chance that the Kings will buyout the remainder of Johnson’s $10.5 million contract for this season, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. The 36-year-old posted 7.3 points per game in 21.9 minutes for the Jazz this season.

Shumpert has missed much of the season with a knee issue and hasn’t played since Jan. 23 due to plantar fasciitis. He’s averaging a career-low 4.4 points over 14 games for the Cavs this season. He’s on the books for $10.3 million this season and has a player option for $11 million next season.

What’s Going Out

First and foremost, Hill. The deal is still fluid, but in order to make the roster spots work, the Kings have to either include a second player in the trade or waive a player to bring both Johnson and Shumpert in.

Reports have the Kings working on a second deal to send Malachi Richardson to the Raptors for Bruno Caboclo. If they consummate that deal before the three-team swap with Cleveland and Utah, they can potentially waive Caboclo to clear a roster spot.

Why Sacramento Makes the Deal

Sacramento was tied to Hill’s massive $20 million contract for this season, another $19 million for next season and a $1 million buyout for the 2019-20 season. The 31-year-old guard is having one of his worst seasons as a pro for the Kings, averaging just 10.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.

With the Kings going young, Hill has come off the bench behind rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Rookie point guard Frank Mason is out until after the All-Star break with a plantar fascia tear in his right heel, but he showed that he’s more than capable of playing minutes before the injury.

The Kings also save a ton of cap space for next season in the transaction. If Shumpert opts into his deal and is not bought out using the NBA’s stretch provision, the Kings will clear an estimated $8 million off the books.

Why Cleveland Makes the Deal

In a mad scramble to get back on the right track, the Cavs have made over their roster with a series of deals Thursday morning, including trading away Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Hill is now the Cavs starting point guard and will play a substantial role as Cleveland prepares for another playoff run.

It’s a gamble for Cleveland. They’ve made major moves and have very little time to reorganize their team. Hill is on the books for next season, which will be a tough pill to swallow if LeBron James leaves via free agency.

Overall Thoughts

The Kings get out from underneath a huge contract and they clear the deck for Fox to become the man in Sacramento. The pieces coming in aren’t overwhelming, but the backcourt was littered with bodies in Sacramento, making a move like this a necessity.

In addition, Hill didn’t want to be in Sacramento and he’s underperformed all season long. The Kings might get raked over the coals by the national media, but they just successfully dealt away a gigantic contract and brought back moveable pieces.

Source: George Hill on his way to Cleveland

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Source: George Hill on his way to Cleveland

SACRAMENTO -- We have a trade.

The Sacramento Kings have moved veteran point guard George Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three team mega-deal.

The details are still coming in, but according to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Kings are taking back veteran wings Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert, the Miami Heat’s 2020 second round pick and more than $3 million in cash considerations.

Cleveland also landed shooting guard Rodney Hood in the deal, while Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder are on their way to the Utah Jazz.

Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the initial news.