On Tuesday morning the Trail Blazers officially announced their long-rumored trade with the Sacramento Kings.
Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver are gone, while Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan, and Wenyen Gabriel are on their way Portland.
The Blazers know what they are getting in Ariza: a solid veteran player that has made his entire career on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Stotts anticipates that Ariza will be the team's starting small forward, as many of us expected.
But what about Gabriel and Swanigan?
Let's start with Gabriel. He is a largely unknown commodity. In his first year in the league, after spending time in the G-League, Gabriel has played in just 11 games for the Kings.
In those games, he has averaged 1.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 5.5 minutes per game.
He is another Moses Brown. A big body with potential, but still very raw and rough around the edges. Most likely, he will be an end-of-the-bench guy.
That is the quick rundown on Gabriel. Now, what about Swanigan?
First, remember that Swanigan has been in Portland before and that stint didn't work out.
He was drafted by the Blazers in 2017, failed to crack the rotation, and was later traded to the Kings in return for Skal Labissiere.
Swanigan played 45 games for the Blazers, averaging 2.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Swanigan's stint in Sacramento was much the same. He failed to crack the rotation, playing in just 10 games while averaging 1.3. points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists.
To be fair to Swanigan, getting on the floor wasn't easy. He is a versatile player that can play power forward or center in small lineups, but he still had an uphill battle.
In Portland, he was buried behind the likes of Jusuf Nurkic, Al-Farouq Aminu, Noah Vonleh, Ed Davis, and Zach Collins.
In Sacramento, he was buried behind Dewayne Demon, Nemanja Bjelica. Richaun Holmes, Harry Giles, and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Getting on the floor wasn't easy. That's not the case in his second stop here in Portland.
As we all know, injuries have ravaged the Blazers, especially in the frontcourt.
The Blazers don't have Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Skal Labissiere, or Pau Gasol available.
In fact, the Blazers now only have four players available that are 6'9" or taller: Hassan Whiteside (7'0"), two-way player Moses Brown (7'2"), and the newly-acquired Gabriel and Swanigan who both stand at 6'9."
Quite simply, Swanigan is going to get on the floor out of necessity.
If the team were fully healthy, Swanigan would once again find himself on the bottom looking up. This time, he gets to start near the top.
The Blazers have lived by a "next man up" mentality all season long, and this time they had to go outside of Portland to find that next man.
If Swanigan hopes to turn it around, to resurrect his career, there is no better chance than what the Blazers are giving him.
To use a football analogy - The ball is on the one-yard-line and the team is choosing to hand the ball off to Swanigan. What he does from there is up to him. When someone gives you the ball, you run with it.
He either runs through the door of opportunity that has been opened, or he runs himself back out of town... hopefully it's the former.
The Blazers need Biggie, and Biggie needs the Blazers. The chance for both of them to turn their season around starts on Thursday against the Mavericks.