The popular point guard for the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova, isn’t considering retirement amid concussion-related health issues.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Matthew Dellavedova isn’t considering retirement. The Cavs point guard, who has been out of action since Dec. 12 when the former NBA champion suffered a concussion during a preseason game, made sure to be crystal clear about his future in the NBA. Dellavedova tweeted out the following before the loss to the Bucks on Friday night;
"Retirement is not on my mind at all right now. Only focus is getting healthy and back with the boys to help make a playoff push. Cavs are playing good basketball and I’m definitely looking forward to being a part of what is getting built here."
This is good news for the Cavs and Dellavedova, as it gives fans optimism about a potential return to the Cavs lineup. A return that the Cavs desperately need. While the buzzwords for this season are all about “progress” and “learning”, the facts are that the team is terrible offensively and it’s in part due to the point guard play. No one, be it Darius Garland or Collin Sexton, has tried to be a facilitator on the team.
Made even worse by rookie Isaac Okoro having a near-historically bad season. Remember how bad Garland was as a rookie? He had an OFF/DEF rating of -2.6 on offense and a -3.9 on defense as a rookie, while Okoro is at a -3.7 on offense and a -2.7 on defense.
While Dellavedova is a bench player for most teams, he could be used to give the starting five some consistency at the position if the team decides they can’t run Garland, Sexton, and Okoro together anymore.
Dellavedova wants to stay in Cleveland and his salary makes it possible, but if he wants to return to the court, there are several criteria he needs to meet first to get clear.
- Without concussion-related symptoms at rest;
- Has been evaluated by a physician;
- Has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion protocol; and
- A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with the Director of the NBA concussion program, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.
So until he checks off those boxes, Dellavedova will be on the bench waiting for his return to the lineup. One that hopefully will see the team improve both offensively and defensively.