The Porrland Trail Blazers made what appears to be a cost cutting move, sending Skal Labissiere to the Atlanta Hawks, just over an hour before the deadline. 

The Blazers will send Labissiere and $2 million in cash to Atlanta to free up $2.9 million in space and get closer to the tax line. They are still $4 million over the tax threshold.

Skal Labissiere was aqcuired last trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Caleb Swanigan (whom the Blazers traded back for last month).

Labissiere played 42 games for Portland, starting 2 of them. He averaged 5.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game before injuring his knee in a game against the Lakers.

The move will open up a trade exception for Portland.


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