Joe Vardon and Kelsey Russo reported in a piece published by The Athletic on Thursday that Cleveland Cavaliers guard and fan-favorite Matthew Dellavedova could be forced into early retirement due to ongoing setbacks linked with a concussion he suffered in December. The 30-year-old took to Twitter on Friday to address that story:
Dellavedova has been sidelined all season since he went down with a head injury on Dec. 12 and, according to The Athletic, is dealing with “symptoms that are preventing him from ramping up workouts in any real capacity” as of the first Friday of February. What’s particularly worrisome in this instance is that Dellavedova had already experienced multiple concussions before this past preseason. Dellavedova and five-time All-Star Kevin Love are the only players on the Cavs from the 2016 Cleveland roster that completed a historic comeback to defeat the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA Finals. If Dellavedova can play at some point this season, he’ll serve as a locker-room leader and as extra depth behind Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. Love, meanwhile, is working to return from a right calf strain that has kept him out of action since Dec. 27. The Cavs (10-12) sit seventh in the East ahead of Friday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.