King's big man, Skal Labissiere, possible target for Celtics
The Sacramento Kings are thinking of shipping guard George Hill to the Cavaliers in exchange for Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert. To create roster space, they have placed 21-year-old Skal Labissiere on the trading block. Skal is a 6'11", 225-pound second-year man who was drafted 28th in the 2016 NBA draft.
Labissiere is averaging 18 MPG, 8.4 PPG and 4.5 RPG. He had a recent game where he logged 23 minutes while scoring 10 points, while adding nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. He does not take a lot of three-pointers but has connected on 11-of-31 in his year-and-a-half in the NBA, for a 35.5% accuracy mark. The knock on him if that he lacks strength and toughness.
Skal Labissiere was regarded by many as the top HS recruit of his class. Check out his detailed draft profile here: https://t.co/LC7cvUoifn
Skal will earn $1.3 million this season, $1.5 million next year and $2.3 million in 2019-20 with a team option, thereby not making him eligible to be signed via Boston's DPE. The Celtics definitely lack size, and Labissiere, although still somewhat raw, could be an important, and cheap, role player for Boston going forward. The Celtics allegedly did consider him as a possible draft pick in 2016, and therefore are somewhat familiar with what he may bring to the team.