Sam Dekker Signs With Russian Team

AUGUST 5: Lokomotiv Kuban has officially confirmed its deal with Dekker (Twitter link).

AUGUST 3: Forward Sam Dekker is close to an agreement with Russia’s Lokomotiv Kuban, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando tweets.

Like several other NBA veterans, Dekker didn’t attract much interest in the free agent market this summer and was forced to explore overseas options.

Dekker became an unrestricted free agent when the Wizards declined to extend a $3.91MM qualifying offer. Dekker wound up in Washington via a three-team December deal that also involved the Bucks and Cavaliers.

The 18th overall pick in the 2015 draft has struggled to find his footing in the NBA after a stellar college career at Wisconsin. He’s averaged 5.5 PPG and 3.0 RPG in 15.5 MPG while playing 200 NBA games for Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland as well as the Wizards.

He made just 28.8% of his 3-point attempts during his four NBA seasons and knocked down only 28.6% in 38 games off the bench for Washington. Dekker averaged 6.1 PPG and 3.0 RPG in 16.3 MPG after the trade.

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9 thoughts on “Sam Dekker Signs With Russian Team

  1. Gary

    I told anybody who was listening, all three of you, that this guy would be out of the league when that contract was up. No skills.

    He puts out the effort and is a hustle guy, but what rubbed me wrong was Vegas summer league his first or second year he’d go out of control to the hole, throw up some crap have it swatted to the cheap seats and cry to the ref about a foul that wasn’t called… instead of getting back on defense.

    He wanted the respect of an All-Star player and wasn’t getting it because he’s terrible.

    I’m all for hustle guys who try hard, but as soon as they pull stuff like that and don’t get back on D.. I sour on them.

    • mackows2

      there was only 2 of us. How many times do I need to tell you that you cant count yourself

      • Gary

        Well I knew I could count every one on one hand. Lost track of the fingers though.

        • x%sure

          That was a better take than saying he has no skills, because he’s more of a shifty guy than a shooter. More of a gumption player. Ball still has to go in though.

          He didn’t pull that stuff on the Cavs but he was always almost getting it done.

          • jkoms57

            I had a friend who thought the a guy was gonna be a star .

            Idk just thought I’d mention that

            • Gary

              He was an amazing college player and you think he would translate to the NBA.

              The Defenders are faster quicker stronger as they are on offense as well.

              A guy coming out of college that isn’t faster quicker stronger or huge has to do something exceptionally well to make it in the NBA.

              Either shooting or defense or handles and vision or whatever. Even if your one thing is rebounding that might not be enough.

              Sam is just pretty good at everything.

  2. Gary

    Well I knew I could count every one on one hand. Lost track of the fingers though.

  3. Ralow

    Sam Dekker will forever be remembered as the guy who dribbled off his face and fell down on a break away dunk LOL. link to

    I knew the players off that Wisconsin Final 4 team were gonna be terrible in the NBA.

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