The LA Clippers will reportedly pick up Sam Dekker’s fourth year team option, according to a league insider.
Per Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the LA Clippers will exercise the fourth year team option on forward Sam Dekker.
Dekker will earn $2,760,094 next season. The forward joined the team over the summer as part of the Chris Paul to Houston trade. He has received limited minutes thus far in the early season, but has the athletic tools to contribute. Obviously, the team sees something in him that made them want to extend his stay in Los Angeles.
Sam Dekker has appeared in 85 games during his young career. Over those games, he has averaged 6.1 points on 47.2% shooting, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists. Dekker’s size (6’9, 230lbs) combined with his athletic ability, makes him a versatile player, capable of playing both the 3 and 4 spots.
Dekker has not cracked the regular rotation just yet, but has received minutes in every game so far. For the Clippers in 5 games, he’s averaging 2.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.4 assists. He did manage to get a nice dunk during garbage time against the Warriors a couple of nights ago.
Despite being new to the team, he seems to have bonded well with everyone. During the summer, he often posted Instagram stories of him and LA Clippers’ star Blake Griffin goofing around during rehab sessions. The two also displayed some chemistry on the court together during the preseason.
The team obviously thinks that Sam Dekker could be a part of their future and with the brief time we have watched him, we here at Clipperholics think so too.