Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘fixes’ Sam Dekker’s sink

We now have the story behind the picture former Wisconsin basketball star Sam Dekker put out on social media that showed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fixing his sink.

Four days after Dekker posted the image with a caption that read, “Quarterback by day, mechanic by night. Thanks for fixing our sink @AaronRodgers12,” Rodgers spoke to Wisconsin reporters in advance of Sunday’s season opener against Seattle and said it wasn’t much of a fix.

“He was having some sink issues and asked for my help. He’s 23 years old. I know he’s engaged and taking that next step to being an adult, but he’s not quite there yet.

“I went under the sink. What the [Youtube] tutorial taught me was to test the switch first and what kind of rumble you hear – or lack of rumble – tells you what’s going on with the garbage disposal. So, I flipped the switch, nothing happened. So it means two things. One, it’s completely broken and needs to be changed out. Or, two, it’s not plugged in – it wasn’t plugged in.

“So, that’s the picture. Me holding the plug as I called him from the other room and said, ‘Hey, idiot, it wasn’t plugged in.’

“He’s learning.”

LISTEN: Aaron Rodgers tells the story of how he ‘fixed’ Sam Dekker’s sink

Report: Knicks sign former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes

There is another former Wisconsin player with an NBA contract.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday night that forward Nigel Hayes had agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the New York Knicks.

Hayes went undrafted in June, but played with the Knicks during their summer league games in Orlando. He told a Toledo, Ohio, TV station in July that he would be going to training camp with the team.

The deal doesn’t guarantee him a roster spot, but as of now he is the sixth former Wisconsin player currently under contract in the NBA, joining Sam Dekker (LA Clippers), Frank Kaminsky (Charlotte), Bronson Koenig (Milwaukee), Jon Leuer (Detroit) and Devin Harris (Dallas).

A three-year starter for the Badgers, Hayes averaged 14 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists during his senior year, earning All-Big Ten third-team honors.

Dekker on the move to LA

Former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker is headed west.

As first reported by ‘The Vertical,’ the Houston Rockets have reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers to trade All-Star point guard Chris Paul in exchange for Dekker, guards Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and DeAndre Liggins, forwards Kyle Wiltjer and Darrun Hilliard, center Montrezl Harell and a protected top-3 first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Dekker, a first-round pick by the Rockets in 2015, has been hampered by injuries in his first two seasons. He only played in three games his rookie season due to season-ending back surgery, and then missed the last few games of the regular season and the start of the playoffs this past year after suffering a fractured hand.

For the year, Dekker started two of the 77 games he saw action, essentially serving as the second man off the bench, averaging 18.5 minutes per game. In his time with the Rockets, Dekker averaged 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and one assist per game. He also shot 47.3 percent from the floor, 32.1 percent from behind the arc, and 55.9 percent from the free-throw line.

A trade to the Clippers could be just the shot in the arm that Dekker needs. This trade should allow him more playing time, especially since Blake Griffin is expected to opt out of his contract. According to his Twitter account, Dekker enjoyed his time with the Houston organization, but is looking forward to joining LA.

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Milwaukee snaps its five-game losing streak with a 127-114 win over Houston

The streak is over.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker combined for 59 points to help Milwaukee outgun Houston 127-114 to snap a five-game losing streak on Monday night.

The Bucks led nearly the entire way but had to fight in the fourth quarter to pay back the Rockets for a blowout loss last week on the road. Houston took a 95-93 lead with 10:15 left in the game, but after a Milwaukee timeout, rookie Malcom Brogdon’s two free throws tied the game up and later he assisted on Jason Terry’s 16-foot jumper to take a 101-99 lead — a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Milwaukee went 10 of 17 from the field in the fourth quarter, and for the game shot a season-high 58.8 percent. That included a very efficient 11 of 19 performance from Parker, who after coming off the bench against the Heat due to violating team policy, scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Antetokounmpo was also good on the offensive end, scoring 31 points, his 10th game of 30 or more this season. He capped the game off with a deep 3-pointer, then did a shoulder shimmy reminiscent of the same one James Harden did toward the end of Houston’s victory over Milwaukee on Friday night.

Chants of M-V-P broke out inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center aimed at Antetokounmpo, and though that might be the case in the future, the real MVP candidate this season is Harden, and he did nothing to damage that, nearly producing a triple-double. Named an All-Star starter last week, Harden dropped 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

The game also served as a homecoming for former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker. The 2015 first-round pick, who was coming of a career-high 30 points his last time out, managed just four points on 2 of 7 shooting in his first trip back.

Milwaukee improved to 21-23 on the season and will host Philadelphia on Wednesday.