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Blazers trade Skal Labissiere and cash to Hawks


The Portland Trail Blazers are sending big man Skal Labissiere and cash to the Atlanta Hawks, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Labissière, now 23 years of age, was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 28th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Haitian-born forward went on to play for the Sacramento Kings, as well as their G League affiliate, the Reno Big Horns.

Labissière was traded to the Blazers in February of last year. He’s dealt with a knee injury this season, but his numbers have been fair. In his 33 appearances, he’s racked up averages of 5.8 points on 55.1 percent shooting from the field (23.1 percent from beyond the arc), 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.2 minutes per outing.

The fact that Skal was traded to the Hawks has raised a few eyebrows, as the team is now loaded with frontcourt players, including John Collins, Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon. Minutes could be hard to come by, but Atlanta may have a plan for him as a backup.

The Blazers will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off inside the Moda Center is set for 10:00 p.m. ET.