The Clippers completed their trade of forward Sam Dekker to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Tuesday.
The Clippers send Dekker, the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis and cash considerations to Cleveland in exchange for the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said in a news release.
“We want to thank Sam for his contributions to our team competitiveness and culture this past season,” Frank said. “Sam is a talented and hard-working athlete who represented this organization well as a player and a person. We wish him the best of luck with his opportunity in Cleveland.”
With the move, the Clippers clear a roster spot while Cleveland likely will offer Dekker a chance for more playing time. By releasing C.J. Williams last week and trading Dekker, the Clippers have 16 contracts, which they must reduce to 15 by opening night.
In a Twitter post Sunday, Dekker indicated he was pleased by the move, including the prospect of playing alongside former Laker Larry Nance Jr.
Excited to get out the #TheLand and play with the dirtiest dude in the league. But for real, couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. I’m more than ready. pic.twitter.com/94uRRDUuEA
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) August 5, 2018
In 73 games for the Clippers last season, Dekker, 24, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the field in 12.1 minutes. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward’s career averages are 5.3 points and three rebounds in three NBA seasons with L.A. and the Houston Rockets. Before being selected 18th overall by Houston in the 2015 NBA Draft, he played three seasons at Wisconsin.