Unsigned Delly open for business

In the last exciting adventure of Matthew Dellavedova, Underdog, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ superpest had his 101 minutes of fame in the NBA Finals then crash-landed to Earth again.

But the story took another sudden, horrible turn this week, when veteran Mo Williams and the Cavaliers agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Williams will back up Kyrie Irving at point guard, the role that the Dellavedova filled for part of last season.

The move has LeBron James’ fingerprints all over it.

James raved about Dellavedova in the playoffs, but the Cavaliers player-coach-general manager couldn’t be thrilled that the St. Mary’s product bricked 21 of 26 field goal tries in the final three games, which begged the Warriors to sag on defense even more. Enter Williams, who was paired with James in the Cavaliers backcourt earlier in his career.

Will Dellavedova re-sign with the Cavaliers, who are said to still have interest? Will Delly Dogs still be on the arena menu? Or will the hometown Warriors rescue him from the clutches of the evil empires? Is it possible that the gritty, gutty guard will be out of the NBA already? (Catch breath here.) Stay tuned, boys and girls.

CUBAN GETS SMOKED: Well, we know who Mark Cuban won’t be inviting to appear on Shark Tank any time soon.

After DeAndre Jordan verbally agreed with Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks on a four-year, $80 million deal last week, the free agent had buyer’s remorse and reneged on the deal.

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, J.J. Redick, coach Doc Rivers and team owner Steve Ballmer practically held Jordan hostage at his Houston home on Wednesday, and they didn’t leave until the center had agreed to play for the Los Angeles Clippers again. Cuban and the Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons hoped to have the final sitdown, but their requests were ignored.

If Balls were the Warriors, it would have sent Riley Curry, Joe Lacob and the Dalai Lama to lobby on Dallas’ behalf, because the Clippers with Jordan are a heckuva lot more dangerous than the Mavericks with him.


JUST SAYIN’:
Actually, it’s worth it to have Jordan headed back to L.A. just to hear Cuban go screaming yellow bonkers about the whole thing.

OH, TO BE YOUNG AGAIN: Long locks, mid-’90s fastball, electric stuff… Yep, it sure was nice to see the old Tim Lincecum at AT&T Park on Wednesday, even if he was dressed up as Jacob deGrom.


SEPARATED AT BIRTH:
Ex-Warrior David Lee won’t bring a championship to Boston, but if Celtics fans think hard enough, they can pretend it’s Dave Cowens and the 1970s all over again.

Lee (St. Louis) and Cowens (Newport, Ky.) were born about 350 miles apart. Lee attended Florida, Cowens went to Florida State. Lee is listed at 6-foot-9, 249 pounds, Cowens played at 6-foot-9, 230. In his career, Lee has averaged 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per 36 minutes, while Cowens checked in at 16.5 and 12.7, respectively. Lee and Cowens have the same first name. Both are left-handed. Both spent time with the Warriors. Both played in All-Star Games. And both have at least one NBA championship ring.

But as far as Balls know, neither has stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

WAIT ’TIL NEXT YEAR: Now that LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Draymond Green and a few others have opted for long-term deals, that leaves the Class of ’16 as the other winners in the free agent bonanza.

Nic Batum, Wilson Chandler, Mike Conley, Luol Deng, Danilo Gallinari, Eric Gordon, Jeff Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah and possibly Parsons, Dwight Howard and DeMar DeRozan will hit the market next summer, when teams will have a lot more money to burn as a result of the NBA’s new television deal.

But it would take a blockbuster move for the Warriors to be a major player in the open market next year, when their eight-figure guys will still be on the books. James Michael McAdoo, Brandon Rush and Marreese Speights are about to enter the final year of their deals, and the team has an option on Shaun Livingston’s contract for the 2016-17 season.

YOUR TURN: Why is sports media coverage always so negative? The U.S. women’s soccer team was portrayed as failing for only winning two World Cups in 16 years. Do writers respect the athletic excellence required to compete in global sporting competition? — Bill Williams, San Francisco

(Probably because so few would read if the coverage was always so positive. And you’re right — we Americans are so stuck on ourselves, we tend to forget that other countries play sports and in many cases play them very well.)

Winless in Seattle: What we learned from Niners’ loss

‘It was just frustrating,’ despite a good effort

By Al Saracevic
Niners face Seahawks in key game with postseason implications

The stretch drive is here and the Niners look ready