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Reports: Trail Blazers Trading Skal Labissiere, Cash to Hawks

Labissiere played in 42 games for the Blazers since being acquired at last year’s deadline.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are trading injured big man Skal Labissiere to the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Athletic’s John Hollinger reports that the Blazers are sending about $1.75 million in cash to Atlanta as well, with Portland receiving back a top-55 protected 2024 second-round pick.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks broke down how the trade impacts Portland financially:

And Blazer’s Edge’s salary cap guru Eric Griffith highlighted further financial details:

Labissiere arrived in Portland at last year’s NBA Trade Deadline. He played in 33 games for the Blazers this season before suffering a cartilage lesion in his left knee on Dec. 28. He hasn't appeared in a game since then.

As The Athletic’s John Hollinger said on Wednesday, Portland has been pursuing deadline deals to reduce its luxury tax payment.