March 4, 2024

The former Houston Rocket and Los Angeles Clipper will be suiting up in a Cavaliers jersey for the 2018-19 campaign.

According to ESPN, small forward Sam Dekker has been traded to the Cavaliers this afternoon.

Dekker, 24, has played three NBA seasons and has averaged 5.3 points per game.

The Cavs have waived forward Okaro White to avoid paying him a chunk of his contract. It is likely that Cleveland was able to acquire Dekker by using one of the trade exceptions they have been holding onto for a player just like this one.

The 6’9″ forward is set to make $2.7 million in the 2018-19 season. In 2019, Dekker is set to make just under $4 million. This trade gives Cleveland another young player to help the rebuild, while the Clippers free up a roster spot and save a small sum of money.

Dekker, not known for scoring ability, gives Cleveland another bench piece to use as more depth at the small forward position. Joining the Cavaliers will give him a new chance to rejuvenate his NBA career.

If anything, he could help the Cavs be just bad enough to hold onto their lottery protected draft pick.

This isn’t a trade that necessarily changes the future of the Cavaliers. Rather, it shows they are still targeting young players in the prime of their career to begin the rebuild.

Nick Pedone can be reached on his Twitter, @NickPedone12

Photo: ESPN

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