MILWAUKEE Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova believes the decision of Lebron James to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers will dictate how the rest of the NBA’s free agency will unfold.
Dellavedova said James opting out of his contract with Cleveland to take his act to Hollywood will have a great impact, more so on how the rest of the league will counter one of the biggest ever off-season coups pulled off.
“Obviously where Lebron decides to go will determine where everybody else go,” Dellavedova, who once played and won an NBA championship with ‘King James’ at Cleveland, shared to SPIN.ph.
“You know, free agency is crazy and anything could happen,” added the starting guard of the Australian national team that will be playing Gilas Pilipinas on Monday in the third window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
James – as he did in the past - sent shockwaves around the NBA when it was announced that the four-time MVP had agreed to a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers.
The Lakers weren’t through yet.
Shortly after, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee likewise agree to join the Lakers on separate one-year deals, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is also set to return for another season.
Still, the proud franchise has its eyes on disgruntled San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard as several reports came out about ongoing talks between the Lakers and Spurs’ management.
Dellavedova, who’s in the third-year of his four-year, $38 million contract with the Bucks, wished the best for the rest of the free agents to receive the best deals they can get.
“I have some friends in the free agency, so I hope they can all sign good deals, too,” said the 27-year-old Aussie
As for the Bucks, Dellavedova is excited at what’s in store for the team in the coming season behind new coach Mike Budenholzer.
Despite the firing of coach Jason Kidd midway through last season, Milwaukee responded to interim coach Joe Prunty and stretched the Boston Celtics to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference first round playoffs before losing, 112-96.
“We had a tough finish to last season, but it would be a good motivation (for us) coming into the season,” said Dellavedova.
Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, and Dellavedova’s fellow Aussie and national teammate Thon Maker, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker, and new acquisition veteran Ersan Ilyasova are expected to still make up the Bucks’ roster next season as supporting cast to Antetokounmpo.
“We have a lot of great players who will get better. If we can keep the same team together and everybody improves individually and put them back together as a team, it’s going to be a fun season,” said Dellavedova.