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The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire Sam Dekker, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the deal will allow Dekker more of an opportunity to play by going to the Cavaliers, while the trade clears a roster spot for the Clippers.
Sides are still working through parameters, but it’s essentially Clippers clearing a roster spot and a chance for Dekker to get a better opportunity for minutes with Cavs. https://t.co/aIYRLW2rAo
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 5, 2018
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports the Cavaliers are acquiring Dekker as part of the $5.8 million trade exception they received for the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston last Aug. 22. That exception will expire on the same date this month if not utilized. Dekker is entering the final season of his rookie contract that will pay him $2,760,095 this season.
Dekker took to Twitter and said he’s looking forward to playing for the four-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers, especially Larry Nance Jr.
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) August 5, 2018
Nance Jr. returned the favor on Twitter.
Welcome to The Land my guy!! Better be ready to get out on the wing and run 🏃💨 @dekker
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) August 5, 2018
According to Vardon, the Cavaliers are also waiving forward Okaro White. If they had not done so by 5 p.m., half of White’s $1.5 million salary for next season would have become guaranteed.
Cleveland’s roster now stands at 11 players, leaving four open spots. Dekker will get one, free-agent guard David Nwaba, who agreed to a contract earlier this week but whose terms that have yet to be finalized, will get another and restricted free-agent swingman Rodney Hood is likely to get the other.
Dekker, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward, 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 Houston 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.
The 6-8, 204-pound White signed a 10-day deal with the Cavaliers on March 19 and then was signed for the rest of the season April 6.
White never appeared in a game for Cleveland last season. He played in six games (4 starts) for the Miami Heat, averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds, shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from the 3-point line.
However, he suffered a broken left foot in November and ended up not playing another minute last season, even after signing with Cleveland.
Miami dealt him to Atlanta for Luke Babbitt on trade-deadline day (Feb. 8) and he was immediately waived. That’s when Cleveland signed him to the 10-day deal and then for the rest of the season in order to get a better look at him.
White played for Cleveland’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, which reached the semifinals before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in a hotly contested overtime contest, 112-109, at Thomas & Mack Center.
He played in all seven games for the Cavaliers, who went 5-2, averaging 6.0 points, 7.4 rebounds (second-best on the team) and 1.1 assists, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field (13 of 39) in 23.9 minutes per game.