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The Cleveland Cavaliers received a grade of B for their acquisition of forward Sam Dekker from an NBA insider.
The four-time defending Eastern Conference champions acquired Dekker from the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Cleveland also received the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis along with cash considerations, while Los Angeles received the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko in the deal, clearing a roster spot in the process.
Pelton said the Cavaliers, who lost both LeBron James and Jeff Green to free agency this summer, had a need at forward and Dekker, who can play both power forward and small forward, was better than anyone they could have signed in free agency at this point.
Dekker, a 6-foot-9, 230-pounder, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes in 73 games (1 start) for the Clippers last season, shooting 49.4 percent from the floor, 16.7 percent from deep and 66.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The 18th overall selection in the 2015 draft by the Rockets out of Wisconsin, Dekker was traded as part of the deal that sent Chris Paul to Houston on June 28, 2017.
Dekker, 24, has career averages of 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 153 NBA games (3 starts), shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 28.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 60.5 percent from the charity stripe in 15.1 minutes. He has undergone surgeries to repair back and hand injuries in his brief time in the league.