It has been a busy trade deadline day in the NBA and one of our three Boilers in the league is on the move. Portland has decided to part with Caleb Swanigan, trading him straight up for Skal Labissiere per Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Kings have traded Skal Labissiere to the Blazers for Caleb Swanigan, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Labissiere has only played in 13 games this season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for a greatly improved Sacramento team. The 6’11” big man was a one-and-done from Kentucky that was drafted 28th overall in the 2016 Draft.
Biggie has been used sparingly by Portland for much of his career to this point. After playing in 27 games last year he has played in 18 for the Trailblazers this season, averaging 1.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. He did have a great game here in Indianapolis back in November, going for a season high 11 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes against the pacers in a 103-93 win. Since January 1st he has played in only a pair of games for Portland for 12 minutes total.
Hopefully Caleb is going into a situation where he can actually get some playing time. Sacramento is a fun to watch young team playing hard to get the final playoff spot in the West. They are currently 28-26 on the season and 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the final spot. They are also a game ahead of the Lakers who just got back some guy named Lebron James.
On Sacramento’s listed depth they had Labissiere listed third behind Nemanja Bjelica and Marvin Bagley III. Bjelica averages 10 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while Bagley is breaking out at 13.1 ppt and 7 rpg.