For the Clippers, this is a move to open up a roster spot, and Dekker likely would have been buried on the team's bench again this season. Now, in Cleveland, Dekker should have an opportunity for more playing time, especially if the team decides they want to start seeing more of their young players at some point this season. Dekker averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds across 12.1 minutes per game in Los Angeles last season.
Dekker averaged just about 12 minutes over the 73 games he played this season and was really not much of a factor off the bench, as he only scored in double figures in eight contests all year long. The former Wisconsin star is about to make around $2.8 million next season and is signed through the 2019-20 season.
Dekker finished with eight points (4-6 FG) and three rebounds over 14 minutes during Thursday's 117-95 loss at Utah.
Dekker's 14 minutes and eight points were his most in nearly a month. The former Wisconsin star is averaging just over four points and two rebounds in 70 games played this season.
Dekker hauled in one rebound in five minutes during Monday's 114-101 win over the Nets.
Dekker continues to see limited action on most nights. December was his best month thus far this season, and his averages for that month -- 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 19.4 minutes -- only afforded him value in the deepest fantasy leagues. Unless the Clippers suffer a similarly absurd amount of injuries as earlier in the campaign or completely fall out of the race for the playoffs, Dekker likely can't be counted on to play much of a role for the remainder of the year.
Dekker will start Saturday's game against the Warriors, Law Murray of ESPN reports.
The Clippers had been starting Wes Johnson at small forward, but they'll give Dekker an opportunity Saturday after the Wisconsin product played 19 minutes and scored eight points off the bench Thursday against the Thunder. It will be the first start of the season for Dekker, who's mostly seen a downturn in playing time this season, even with all of the team's injuries, after coming over from Houston as part of the Chris Paul trade.
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