After seeing Matthew Dellavedova put in a stellar defensive performance in Game Two of the 2015 NBA Finals LeBron James told reporters that he was "never going anywhere without Delly again."
Unfortunately for the four-time NBA MVP he might have to go solo a little sooner than he expected if today's reports are to be believed.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix revealed that the Australian point guard and Cleveland Cavaliers are miles apart on agreeing a new deal, in large part due to Dellavedova's desire to cash in on his time in the spotlight.
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With Kyrie Irving soon to return from injury and retake his place as starting point guard, it looks like the Cavaliers are baulking at paying their reserve PG what he wants.
"Dellavedova is seeking a multiyear deal starting at $4 million per season, per a source, and the Cavs have baulked, largely due to the enormous luxury tax implications that come with that type of contract."
While $4 million a year might not seem dramatic, it is the huge tax implications a deal for that amount would bring that is scaring off Cavs owner Dan Gilbert at present.
As described by NBA guru, Bobby Marks, the Cavaliers would effectively be paying Matthew Dellavedova as a max contract player if they met his demands, such is their precarious luxury tax situation.
After handing out max deals to LeBron James and Kevin Love this offseason it looks like other members of the roster hoping to stick around for another shot at the NBA title may have to lower their expectations if they are to make headway in negotiations.
The Australian has developed into a popular player amongst Cleveland Cavaliers fans and players alike and so all parties will be hoping an agreement can be made in the near future. Unfortunately for Dellevadova himself he might need an extended run competing against elite point guards before he can justify what is in effect an $18 million salary.