But a week is a long time in the National Basketball Association and money talks, the deal set to save the Bucks nearly US$18 million in salary in 2019-20 - cash they can throw at a bumper free agent class that could include the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.
The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired a first-round pick, a second-round pick, John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova in exchange for George Hill and Sam Dekker in a three-team trade according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Now instead of Dekker, Hill will join the Bucks along with Jason Smith and a future second-round pick from the Wizards.
Nicknamed "Delly", Dellavedova helped the Cavs win an National Basketball Association title in 2016 and is a huge fan favorite.
The deal potentially could save the Bucks about $19 million next season if they don't keep Hill, who has only $1 million of a $19 million deal guaranteed.
"Both George and Sam Dekker went about their work here with professionalism and class and we wish them the best".
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Hill was traded to Cleveland from the Utah Jazz at last year's trade deadline. "George provides us added depth and experience at the guard position, while Jason gives us another frontcourt player who can stretch the floor". In 215 career games (31 starts) with the Cavs, he averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists in 21.0 minutes per game.
Per league rules, Burks can not be traded until the deadline. Dellavedova, 28, has been limited to 12 games this season due to an ankle injury and is averaging a career-low 1.7 points.
The money Milwaukee will save with the trade allows them flexibility to continue to upgrade the roster, while the Cavaliers continue show a willingness to take on money to gather draft picks.
Sexton is fourth among rookies this season in scoring (per Basketball Reference), and although he's only averaging 2.5 assists per game, Hill should get some credit for Sexton gradually improving in his willingness to get other players involved and his passing vision.