In the Paint: The Cavs Work to Replace LeBron James

By Brian Akins / @BrianWNML

The Cleveland Cavaliers are working out a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire forward Sam Dekker and in return the Clippers free up one spot on their roster and take a trade exemption, which could help them in the future if they need to make a move.

This move comes after LeBron James’ July 1st decision to pack up his bags and head to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers.  Needless to say, the Cavs are in need of some help at forward with James leaving and the 37-year old Kyle Korver is not as productive as before.

(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

That being said, it is unknown if Sam Dekker can be that star guy for the Cavs.  Dekker, the former star wing man with the trio of himself, Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky, were dominate with the Wisconsin Badgers when they made the national championship in the 2014/15. Since being drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2015 NBA Draft, Dekker has not been a superstar. Dekker in his three year career so far has only averaged 5.3 points per game, so he is not an offensive machine.

The Cavaliers are working to build their roster after a roller coaster of a season that ended with being swept in the NBA Finals to the Warriors and losing LeBron James for the second time.  Cavs GM Koby Altman and company drafted Alabama star Collin Sexton with their eighth overall pick in the draft.

Following “The Decision 2018” Cleveland signed Kevin Love to a four year, $120M extension, which is a solid signing because he was a large contributor in the playoffs.  There is a good possibility that Cleveland can reach the playoffs once again, but can they make the NBA Finals again?  The most recent acquisition of Sam Dekker adds to the lineup for the Cavs, but how effective will it be… only time will tell.



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