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Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Kings for Omri Casspi

Jun 30, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

Omri Casspi

Multiple reports now have the deal done, one trade right before the deadline.

The Cavaliers and Kings will swap young forwards, with J.J. Hickson going to the Kings for Omri Casspi. This deal may be the last before lockout begins at midnight, according to a tweet from Marc Stein or ESPN. The Cavaliers also would get a conditional first round pick from the Kings (lottery protected for one year, top 10 protected in the second year).

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated confirms that Casspi has been told he likely will be traded in the next few hours. The Sacramento Bee is reporting the trade as done (as do other outlets now).

The two are both young forwards who play the same position (essentially, Casspi is listed as a three, Hickson a four, but both operate inside and out), but their games are very different. Hickson is an athletic, slashing forward who gets most of his shots at the rim and is not a great jump shooter. Hickson has improved as a rebounder in his three years in the league.

Hickson seemed a likely guy to be traded once the Cavaliers took Tristan Thompson No. 4 in the NBA Draft last week. Sacramento will likely use DeMarcus Cousins at the four and five and Hickson at the three and four, with Jason Thompson in the mix — that is a young and athletic front line.

Casspi has NBA shooting range — he hit 37 percent from three — but is not a guy who can attack the paint the same way. Hickson was a more productive player, but Casspi felt he was not used properly in Sacramento. With him the Cavaliers get some real toughness — the guy has fire in him. Fans will like him.

Both are on their rookie deals, so the salaries match up.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    With that trade kings would not be a team to take for a joke cousins,evans,jimmer,hickson nice roster!!!

    • tashkalucy - Jun 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      Well, they’ll all be fighting hard for the ball on floor………

      With each other.

  2. themanchine - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    PF and SF are the same position?

  3. savocabol1 - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Terrible move Cavs

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    I’m not sure if I have this right, but isn’t Hickson the guy the Cavs wouldn’t give up in a potential deal for Amare?

    • themanchine - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      And last yr, with extended PT, Hickson proved that it was a bad decision. Now they get a young SF and a 1st for him.

  5. kjoh242 - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Hickson at the 3? That would be a complete disaster…this is a player who has no handle and can’t hit a jumpshot, plus he has zero chance of defending other 3’s around the league. Hickson is strictly a PF or an undersized C, in fact he played C for a large part of the past season.

    The Cavs do a nice job of getting someone young and with upside to fill their void at SF.

    • LPad - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      I agree, that’s got to be a misprint or something. They’re probably going to keep Hickson at the 4/5 spot with him starting or coming off the bench to give Cousins and Thompson a blow. I think this is a very good trade for the Kings and an okay one for Cleveland that was caused by them taking the kid from Texas at 4.

      • royistheboy - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:41 PM

        I dunno who Kurt Helin is but he just lost all credibility with that “same position” comment. Like this move for the Cavs. As an added bonus, there’s a large Jewish population here in Cleveland that may take a liking to him.

      • aldashex86 - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        This trade would be great for the Cavs if that first round pick wasn’t protected. They would have more than likely had 2 lottery picks again in next year’s stacked draft. Austin Rivers and Possibly a Harrison Barnes or Terrence Jones? But, I’ll let that pipe dream go because there is only a .021 chance that the Kings don’t end up in the lottery.

  6. mk2323 - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Kings are really stacking their front court. Hickson & Cousins should make a very solid tandem.

  7. chief0727 - Jun 30, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    As a Cav fan I’m hoping a change of scenery will do Hickson well. JJ arguably has the worst hands in the NBA. Sac fans will witness bobbled ball after bobbled ball. He was jokingly referred to as having “hands of skillet” by a local writer. Hopefully he’ll develop some consistency. He is one of those players that for a 2-3 game stretch will make you think he has all star potential, then for the next 5-6 games he’ll leave you wondering why he isn’t in the D-League.

    • MVQB7 - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      Hickson is the Braylon Edwards of Basketball lol

  8. bigtrav425 - Jun 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Cavs fan here….not sure how i feel about this one.Would of rather held on to JJ for now till after the lockout/trade deadline.Would of rather got rid of Andy first.Hopefully he will be gone soon as well

    • aldashex86 - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM

      That would be AWESOME!! Then we can depend on Stay Puft Ryan Hollins to play center….oh wait. No, that’s a terrible idea.

  9. jthammerstix - Jun 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    The Cavaliers also would get a conditional first round pick from the Kings (lottery protected for one year, top 10 protected in the second year). Keep that in mind and i like the trade

  10. thetooloftools - Jun 30, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    JJ had to go and we got what we could.
    He can’t keep his head in a game.

  11. jde515 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    JJ also probably didn’t do himself any favors within the Cavs organization during this years playoffs (for Miami) when he Tweated for Lebron James to go win the NBA championship.

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