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Skal Labissiere earns first NBA contract with Kings

The journey of Skal to the NBA is now complete as he signed his first contract with the Kings.

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One of the best feelings any professional athlete can have is the one when they're signing a pro contract.

For some, it's merely securing the next payday as they continue to make a living playing the sport they love. For others, it's the culmination of a lifelong journey finally paying off.

It's the latter for Skal Labissiere, who just signed his first NBA contract with the Sacramento Kings.

The former Kentucky Wildcats big man is now officially an NBA player after being the 28th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Though that was a major fall from where Skal was projected to go, he'll still be collecting a nice paycheck over the next 3-5 years.

He's also played very well in the NBA Summer League, enough so that he continues to justify the Kings' belief they got the biggest steal of the draft in Skal.

"I’m really excited about Skal’s future," said Kings’ Summer League coach Bryan Gates, via NBC Sports. "Maybe it wasn’t just today, it was watching him. When you go through an NBA season you don’t get to watch a lot of college games. I hadn’t seen Kentucky play. Just seeing him, it’s been cool. I think he has a good future."