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Aussie Thon Maker earns Cavs NBA chance

Thon Maker has the chance to revive his NBA career alongside fellow Australians Matthew Dellavedova and Dante Exum at Cleveland next season.

The three-point shooting, 213cm talent has reportedly been offered a training contract with the Cavaliers, with pre-season workouts set to begin this week ahead of a December 21 tip-off.

Taken at No.10 in the 2016 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Maker spent the last two seasons at the Detroit Pistons but wasn’t offered a new deal after a quiet 2020 campaign.

Sensationally labelled a future NBA MVP by Kevin Garnett three years ago, a deal with the Cavs could see him reignite his career alongside two-time NBA All-Star Andre Drummond and Boomers guards Dellavedova and Exum.

The South Sudanese-born Maker, who was raised in Perth and Sydney, is still just 23 and boasts a 32 per cent shooting average from deep across a 255-game career.

A deal for Maker would continue a positive pre-season of moves for Australians, with Aron Baynes (Toronto), Josh Green (drafted by Dallas), Ryan Broekhoff (Philadelphia), Will Magnay (New Orleans) and Dellavedova all signing or set to sign new deals during free agency.

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