Trail Blazers president of basketball operations explains why he made a deal for Labissiere:
Olshey explains the Swanigan for Labissiere deal: "Both needed a new environment. Both were ready for a change of scenery. I don't know that either of us saw the fit that might have been there when we drafted them initially. " #ripcity pic.twitter.com/sVLJjnyqJr— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 7, 2019
“I think both players are talented. Both players are young. They were fairly raw when they were drafted. Bigs take a little bit longer; they’re both talented; they both have a place in this league; and I think they both needed a new environment. I think they were both ready for a change of scenery. I think both organizations were trying to do right by the players."
"With Skal, we really like his length, his shot-making, we think he can protect the rim, he’s got some mobility, and I think he might fit our style of play a little bit better than Biggie was.”
The move you have been waiting for has finally happened. OneBigHaitian is heading to Portland.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Skal Labissiere via a trade with Sacramento. The Blazers will send Caleb Swanigan to Sacramento.
The Kings have traded Skal Labissiere to the Blazers for Caleb Swanigan, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
The 6-11 power forward has spent his entire career in Sacramento since being drafted in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. In 13 games for the Kings this season, Labissiere averaged 2.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.7 minutes per game.
Second-year power forward, Caleb Swanigan, appeared in 18 games for Portland. He is averaging 1.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes and Blazers reporter Jamie Hudson will have more on the Trail Blazers tonight as they take on the Spurs at 7:30pm.