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2 former Cats dealt at NBA Trade Deadline

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Both players are in the final year of their contracts.

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Another NBA Trade Deadline is in the books, and the 2020 edition saw two former Kentucky Wildcats change teams.

The first was Skal Labissiere, who was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Atlanta Hawks. The Blazers sent Labissiere and cash to Atlanta in the deal, so it was effectively a salary dump move.

The former 2016 first round-pick of the Sacramento Kings is now on his third different NBA team and in the final year of his rookie contract. He’s set to become a restricted free agent this year if the Hawks extend a qualifying offer, but my guess is they won’t, leaving Labissiere to become an unrestricted free agent. He’s averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks per game this season.

The other former Cat to be dealt today is Brandon Knight, who was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Detroit Pistons in a deal centered around Andre Drummond.

Knight is also in the final year of his deal and has averaged 4.9 points, 1.3 boards and 1.9 assists per game this season. The former eighth overall pick of the Pistons in the 2011 NBA Draft has never been the same player since tearing his ACL with the Phoenix Suns during the 2016-17 season. He’s averaged under nine points per game in the two seasons since returning from the injury.

Whatever happens next, Knight will always have the special memories of that Final Four run with the Cats in 2011.

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