Milwaukee inked free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova to a three-year, $39 million pact this summer, and the 25-year-old has designs on leading the Bucks back into the postseason.
Dellavedova is eager to learn from Bucks head coach Jason Kidd.
Dellavedova says leaving the defending NBA champion Cavs was tough, but he’s looking forward to stepping into a leadership role.
“Leaving Cleveland was tough because I had a great three years there and they gave me my first opportunity,” Dellavedova said.
“Winning the title is going to give you a bond with those guys for life, and the way the city embraced me made leaving even harder. […] But I’m excited about the opportunity in Milwaukee, especially to step into a bit more of a leadership role. Obviously at Cleveland we had Kyrie [Irving] being the point guard which puts a ceiling on what you can achieve.”
“We definitely want to get into the playoffs, that’s our main target,” Dellavedova said. “They made the playoffs two years ago and looked really good in the first round against Chicago. It was a bit of a down year for them last year with injuries, but the development of their young players is really exciting for the future.”