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As dominoes continue to fall around the NBA, the Toronto Raptors continue to make moves in the wake of Kyle Lowry’s departure and try to prepare for the post-Lowry era.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and via his agent Mark Bartelstein, the Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with 6-foot-8 forward Sam Dekker.
Dekker, a 27 year-old forward, was drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2015. He spent four years in the NBA with the Rockets, the Washington Wizards, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Throughout his NBA career, Dekker has averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 200 career contests.
Dekker spent the last two seasons in Russia and Turkey, respectively, most recently playing for Türk Telekom in the Turkish Super League. Last season, he averaged 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and has somewhat reinvented himself as a stretch big over the past two years. His shooting has improved quite a bit, particularly from outside, where he shot 45.2 percent from three last season.
While the Raptors continue to make free agency moves, Dekker figures to slot in situational minutes off the bench to provide additional spacing next to Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, or Scottie Barnes if the Raptors want to try some small lineups. The Raptors will have plenty of ways to utilize Dekker if his shooting translates, and he could prove to be a solid acquisition.