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Former Portland player Caleb Swanigan dies at 25

Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan, who passed through Portland and Sacramento, has died at the age of 25, Purdue University announced in a statement Tuesday.

Drafted in 2017 by the Portland Trail Blazers, Caleb Swanigan died at the age of 25. He had been going through a difficult period for more than a year, between significant weight gain and legal problems related to marijuana.

World champion with the U17s then the American U19s, in 2014 and 2015, he had exploded at Purdue University, where he combined stats at 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 average assists in 2017, just before his Draft.

Passed by Portland then Sacramento, Caleb Swanigan had not walked on an NBA floor since the start of the pandemic, a period when he refused to join the bubble in Orlando for the resumption of the season.

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