By Jason Lloyd
Beacon Journal sports writer
Undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova has signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers for about $1.3 million, but only a small portion of this season’s deal is guaranteed, a league source confirmed. The source was speaking on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. The signing was first reported by Australian media.
Dellavedova averaged 2.8 points and three assists in five summer league games with the Cavaliers after leaving St. Mary’s as the school’s all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free-throw percentage and 3-pointers. The biggest knock against him is a lack of athleticism.
Dellavedova has an excellent chance to make the Cavs as a third point guard. The Cavs still have one roster spot open. Camp opens Oct. 1.
Hoops for the Troops
The Cavaliers’ annual Wine & Gold game will be open only to current military members and their families this year and closed to the public. The first “Hoops for the Troops” will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.
The Cavs have toyed with the setup for the annual intrasquad game previously, hosting it at Rhodes Arena for a number of years before recently moving it back to Quicken Loans Arena and making it free to the public. This is the first time they’ve made it a private event. The team is working with the United Service Organization (USO) of Northern Ohio to coordinate ticket distribution.
A live stream of the scrimmage will be carried on Cavs.com for all fans interested in watching.
The Cavs have asked the league’s approval to place season-ticket holders’ names on the apron of the court, a league source confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because the idea has not yet been approved by the league. Sports Business Daily was the first to report the idea.
The Milwaukee Bucks are also seeking approval to place names on the court, according to the report, but the Bucks’ idea is to put the names on the playing court. The Cavs’ names will be on the apron.
Final details have not been determined, according to the report, including which ticket holders would be selected. Any changes to the court design must pass league approval. League executives are reviewing the proposal to ensure it won’t clutter the court or distort how the game is viewed on television, according to the report.
The Cavs previously allowed stakeholders and their entire staff to sign the four corners of the court during the playoffs a few years ago.
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