Cavs News: Cavaliers Extend Qualifying Offers to Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova

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Just a couple of days after the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season, we have somewhat of a clear picture of the direction the team wants to head into.

General Manager David Griffin addressed the media today and indicated that the Cavaliers will extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova. Both players were a part of Cleveland’s starting lineup during their six-game Finals series loss to the Golden State Warriors.

This move is a bit surprising and bit expected at the same time. While Dellavedova was expected to be brought back, some thought the Cavs would allow Shumpert to walk. Shumpert’s offer is one year for $3.7 million, while Dellavedova’s is one year for $1.15 million.

While Dellavedova had his bright spots during the Finals, both players were underwhelming for the series as a whole. The undrafted guard averaged just 7.5 points on 28 percent shooting from the field and 23 percent from three-point range in 32 minutes per game. Shumpert was even worse as he averaged just 6.5 points while shooting below 26 percent for the series.

The two players have three options when it comes to the qualifying offers. They can either choose to accept it, negotiate a longer deal with the Cavs, or sign a deal with another team during free agency. If they choose to go with the latter option, Cleveland has the right to match any offer and retain their services.

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D.J. Siddiqi is a staff writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has followed the NBA passionately since the 90's and has taken a keen interest in following LeBron James' career since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. Once a critic of LeBron, DJ has grown to admire James as he has evolved from 18-year-old phenom to a four-time MVP and two-time NBA Champion. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of the game to Cavaliers Nation.