New Orleans Hornets' Hilton Armstrong, left, dunks the ball over Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 - AP PhotoFormer UConn Huskies men’s basketball player Hilton Armstrong has been traded to the Sacramento Kings by the New Orleans Hornets. In exchange for Armstrong, the Hornets will receive a 2016 second round pick and cash considerations.

Armstrong, who won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 while at UConn, is averaging 2.8 points and 18 games this season. In 209 career games during his three plus seasons in the NBA, he is averaging 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Armstrong was traded away by the Hornets due to the fact that they were over the luxury-tax threshold. By jettisoning Armstrong to Sacramento, the Hornets unload his $2,801,198 salary and are now just about $500,000 from being under the limit.

He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.