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Sam Dekker can help the Wizards’ bench short term, but he could play a larger role in case of a rebuild

The Wizards’ newest wing player could be a spark off the bench once he recovers from his injury. But if the team begins to change course, he will likely play a larger role.

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The Wizards acquired Sam Dekker on Friday in a three-team deal that involved the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

This season, Dekker averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Cavaliers in nine games before he suffered an ankle injury in early November. He was also averaging a career high 38.5 percent from the three-point line before the injury. Washington is only 17th in three pointers made and 27th in three point efficiency so adding another decent shooter into the mix certainly helps in that respect.

There is another thing to consider in this as well. All of the Wizards’ best players including John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter have been mentioned in trade rumors over the past month. This is because of Washington’s inconsistent play this season so far.

If the Wizards were to trade Porter and/or Beal later this season, Dekker could get much more playing time than he presumably would after he’s healthy again. I don’t mean to hype up the possibility of the Wizards blowing up, but someone like Dekker stands to get a good opportunity in Washington should the franchise move in a very different direction in the next several months.