Aussie star Matthew Dellavedova won’t play again in the NBA this season because of injury but will be given ‘every opportunity’ to play in Tokyo.
Boomers coach Brian Goorjian will give Matthew Dellavedova “every opportunity” to prove his fitness for the Tokyo Olympics, with a neck injury expected to rule Dellavedova out for the remainder of the NBA season.
Dellavedova, who missed the season’s first 47 games because of a severe concussion, whiplash, and neck injury, is sidelined with a neck strain suffered on April 25.
He hasn’t been with the team in any capacity since the injury and is set to sit out the rest of Cleveland’s season, which finishes on May 16.
The Cavaliers are second last in the Eastern Conference, with no chance of making the playoffs.
According to reports in the US, the Cavaliers were granted a hardship exemption following key injuries to sign 38-year-old centre Anderson Varejao to a 10-day contract.
This will end the seasons of Dellavedova and Larry Nance Jr to comply with the hardship rules.
Goorjian will contact Dellavedova in the coming days to ascertain the extent of his neck injury, but he wants to give the veteran guard every chance to don the green and gold in Tokyo this July and August.
“We’ll call Delly and just get a rundown on the injury,” Goorjian said.
“I hadn’t heard from anybody until I noticed the scoresheet and it said he was out with a neck.
“But he is certainly a huge part of this Olympic campaign as an NBA player as far as their commitment goes to the Boomers.
“He is one of the key culture guys in the importance of the green and gold and trying to medal.
“So, everything possible will be done to have him available, healthy and ready to play.
“I mean, every opportunity, every chance.”