As the NBA Trade Deadline Expires, Some Former Cats Find New Homes

It’s NBA trade deadline day!

The NBA trade deadline is as chaotic as it gets on the business side of sports, and this year is no different.

With the number of trades and amount of former Kentucky players, there is always bound to be some Cats to be traded.

Let’s take a closer look!

Jarred Vanderbilt

While Jarred Vanderbilt didn’t do much at UK and had a controversial time as a Cat, he made the best decision for himself to go Pro.

Vanderbilt was drafted by one of the best teams in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets, and signed a 3-year, $4 million dollar contract.

On Tuesday, Vanderbilt was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a 12-player trade, the largest since 2000.

Expect Vanderbilt to have a larger role on a younger team looking to improve!

Skal Labissiere

Skal may never have lived up to his No. 2 recruiting ranking, but he has been a solid role player in his time with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trailblazers averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds this season.

Skal was sent to the Atlanta Hawks and will be a part of your core that features the likes of Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish, and DeAndre Hunter.

Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight is one of the most underrated players of the Calipari era.

After averaging 17.3 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in a Final Four season, Knight was drafted 8th to the Pistons in the 2011 draft.

Knight has never emerged as a star but averaged double-digit points in his first seven seasons. While his playing had gotten slimmer, he still has the ability to shine on offense.

Knight is returning to the Detroit Pistons in a blockbuster trade involving NBA star Andre Drummond.

The best of luck to these former Cats in their new homes!

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