After missing the entire back-end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular season due to concussion, Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova’s next appearance will take place on home soil.
A concussion in March during a clash with the Brooklyn Netts has left Dellavedova sidelined since.
Dellavedova’s court time had improved dramatically after he made the move back to the Cavs from the Milwaukee Bucks late last year, averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 assists in 19.9 minutes before the season-ending knock.
Finishing their season last week, the Cavs placed 14th from 15 in the Eastern Conference, winning just 19 of 82 games.
Dellavedova now has four months to recover from his ongoing concussion and get his head in the game ahead of his first 2019 appearance in the green and gold this August.
The Boomers are set to play a pair of exhibition games against Canada in Perth before heading to Melbourne for two historic games against USA Basketball.
These games will serve as a warm up for the World Cup in China in September.
Last week Fox Sports and a selection of the Australian media interviewed Dellavedova where he expressed his excitement to get back to national representative duties.
“There’s nothing I love better than playing for Australia,” he said.
“Just the environment and unselfishness, the style of play and the group of guys, the coaches; everything is how basketball should be.
“There’s really nothing better than that. We’ve got a lot of great leaders on the team. It’s just an easy group to play with.”
Australian audiences rarely get to see USA’s best in the flesh simply because of distance and Dellavedova recognised the rarity of this August’s games during the interview.
“I wish it was in May or June instead of having to wait until August,” he said.
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