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Clippers Will Pick Up Team Option on Sam Dekker

In an expected move, the Clippers are picking up the 4th year team option of forward Sam Dekker

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Per Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Clippers will pick up the option for the 4th year of Sam Dekker’s rookie deal. This means he will be signed to the Clippers through the 2018-2019 season.

Dekker hasn’t received much playing time yet for the Clippers, appearing in only 5 games and averaging a mere 6.4 minutes per game, but they clearly like him enough to want him on the team going forward— even if it’s just as an asset in a future trade.

Sam came over as part of the Chris Paul trade, and was one of two young rotation players that Houston had to part with in exchange for the superstar point guard (the other being Montrezl Harrell). Dekker missed most of his rookie season due to injury, playing only six minutes total that season. He did, however, average 18.4 minutes per game in 77 games for the Rockets last year as a combo forward off the bench.

For his career, Dekker has averages of 6.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game, and has shot 47.2% from the field, 31.8% from three, and 55.7% from the free throw line. Still only 23, Dekker has the next two years to prove to the Clippers that he is worthy of being a real part of their future plans.