Australian professional basketball player Matthew Dellavedova began playing in the NBA in 2013 and joined the Cavs as an un-retired player. Dellavedova, who has been called a dirty player a few times, has caused quite a stir online with his playing style. He was part of the Cav team that won the 2016 NBA Championship. He was transferred to Milwaukee Bucks in 2016 as part of a “sign and trade” deal that guaranteed him $38 million over 4 years.
Matthew Dellavedova Bio
Dellavedova was born on 8 September 1990 in Maryborough, where he also grew up. As a son of athletes (his father Mark played by Australian rules while his mother Leanne played netball) Matthew Dellavedova was born with athletic genes that manifested themselves at the age of 4 when he started playing basketball. Matt has two siblings, both sisters are named Yana and Ingrid. He is the oldest of his siblings.
For his high school education, Matt attended Maryborough Regional College where he explored his athletic abilities in basketball, football, Aussie rules, and tennis. Of all these sports, Matthew was exceptional in the Aussie rules of football and basketball, but later he chose basketball.
From 2007 to 2010 Matt attended the Australian Institute of Sport in the Australian capital Canberra. During his time there, he played in the Southeast Australian Basketball League. His skills in SEABL were immediately noticed by recruiters in America, and in 2009 the Gaels of Saint Mary’s College of California knocked on his doors.
Matthew signed with them and packed his bags overseas. He had an impressive first season in the NCAA and improved year after year. By the time he graduated in 2013, Matt had written his name in Gael’s history book. He was the leading player of all time in terms of goals, assists, games played, free-throw rate, and three-point shots. Thanks to his incredible college stats, his number 4 was retired from the school. He finished his studies with a diploma in psychology.
Matthew was not drafted in the 2013 draft, so he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2013 NBA Summer League, which would result in a $1.3 million 2-year contract with a guaranteed $100,000. After the contract expired, Matthew signed a contract with the team for another season, the 2015/2016 season, in which Matt would be part of the NBA championship-winning team. At the end of that season, the Milwaukee Bucks expressed interest in him, and he joined the team in July 2016.
In the national team, Matthew plays for Australia. With the national team, he won three gold medals at the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship and one silver medal.
His Contract and Salary
For a player who entered the NBA without a draft, Matthew did very well and worked hard in the Cavs training camp to earn a place in the team. His position as reserve points scorer only really blossomed after LeBron James was due to rejoin the team in the 2014/2015 season.
With his original 2-year contract with the Cavs about to expire, Matthew wanted a multi-year contract with the Cavs, but he was only signed with a one-year extension, which gave him the chance to become a restricted free agent, whereupon the Bucks knocked.
The Bucks’ deal with the Cavs to take over Matt was a drawing and trading deal in which the Cavs received $4.8 million and their rights to Albert Miralles Spanish center. On the other hand, the Bucks received cash payments in addition to the acquisition of Matthew Dellavedova.
This was a four-year contract worth 38 million dollars. In 2019, his penultimate year of the transaction, Matthew Dellavedova earned a salary of 9.6 million dollars.
Dellavedova’s Body Stats Other Facts
Height: 6 feet 4 inches
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Matthew’s two sisters also play basketball. Yana played for the state of Long Beach in the 2012/2013 college basketball season.
He has a cousin named Matthew Dellavedova who plays tennis in Australia.
Matthew is a 6th generation Italian-Australian.
The Point Guard is quite popular in social media. He gets 185K on Twitter and 450K on Instagram.
Matthew is married to a certain Anna Schroeder, his college sweetheart, whom he met while visiting Saint Mary’s.
Anna was on the women’s volleyball team of the college team and was also a student on the honor roll. Their relationship, which began in their final year of study, led to their marriage on July 1, 2017.