Clippers finalising deal to send Dekker to Cavs

In his career so far, Sam Dekker has averaged 5.3 points and three rebounds. (Reuters pic)

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Clippers are in talks to finalise a trade of forward Sam Dekker to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the Clippers hope to open a spot on the roster while shipping out Dekker, a 24-year-old who has played in limited minutes in his first three NBA seasons.

Although no trade was official yet, the negotiations are clearly far enough along for Dekker to react on social media on Sunday, as he jokingly called out possible teammate and Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr.

“Excited to get out the #TheLand and play with the dirtiest dude in the league,” Dekker posted on Twitter. “But for real, couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. I’m more than ready.”

Originally chosen by the Houston Rockets in the first round (#18 overall) in the 2015 draft, Dekker played two seasons in Houston before being dealt last summer as part of the blockbuster Chris Paul trade from the Clippers to the Rockets. Last season in Los Angeles, Dekker’s production dropped as he received fewer minutes – 12.1 per game in 2017-18 compared to 18.4 the year before in Houston. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

In his three-year career, Dekker has averaged 5.3 points and three rebounds per game in 153 games.