Cavs’ Matthew Dellavedova Might Retire Due to Slow Recovery from Concussion

Matthew Dellavedova with Australia in 2019. Photo by Shutterstock (10413053e)

Retirement is a real possibility for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova as he is recovering slower than expected from a concussion he suffered on December 12th.

The Athletic’s Joe Vardon and Kelsey Russo reported earlier this week that Dellavedova is still unable to engage in basketball activities due to the consequences of the injury. He was attempting to do some workouts in recent weeks, but “the dizziness” made practicing extremely challenging for the 30-year-old veteran.

The sources told the Athletic that retirement has “become an option, if not likely” because of this. The issue for Dellavedova is that he experienced multiple concussions in the past, including the one in 2018-19 that forced him to miss 16 games.

Matthew Dellavedova signed with the Cavs in 2013 as an undrafted free agent and quickly became a fan favorite. He is especially fondly remembered for his role in the 2015 NBA Finals when he stepped in for injured All-Star Kyrie Irving and performed surprisingly well at the point guard position.

After winning an NBA title with Cleveland in 2016, Dellavedova joined the Milwaukee Bucks in a sign-and-trade deal. He played two and a half seasons with the Bucks before being traded back to the Cavs midway through the 2018-19 season.

Throughout his seven seasons in NBA, Dellavedova has averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.