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Report: Kings trying hard to trade J.J. Hickson

Mar 2, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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When the Kings and Cavaliers made a trade that sent the athletic J.J. Hickson to Sacramento (and Omri Casspi to Cleveland), it seemed a great fit. The athletic wing seemed a guy who could fit in well with Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.

Hasn’t worked out that way at all. Hickson’s game has taken a step back in Sacramento — he is shooting just 37.2 percent, his PER dropped from 15.6 last season to 10.2 this season— and that has the Kings trying to move him, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

You can’t like their chances here given J.J. Hickson’s season-long struggles, but sources say that the Kings are shopping Hickson hard before the March 15 trade deadline, hoping to salvage something from the last trade consummated before last summer’s lockout.

Like Stein said, there may not be many takers, but it’s a name to watch.

  1. chadinkc30 - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Remember when the Cavs couldve had Amare, but they didn’t want to trade Hickson?! Haha

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      You mean the fading, cap-killing, no- knee’ed, uninsured Amare? That one? Great, great call by the Cavs to avoid that mess. Haha indeed.

    • attilawhitewolf - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Yes, the Cavs loved Hickson so much, they passed on Stoudamire and held out for a sweeter deal: Casspi and a a conditional pick. Everything I had heard said it was the Suns that would not do that deal.

    • rickydo22 - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      The Suns stopped that trade you Bozo! Get your facts straight

      • rickydo22 - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        My comment was directed toward chadlinkc.

      • sguy2130 - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        yep…it’s amazing that people still really believe the Cavs backed out because of JJ Hickson…The Suns stopped it, then they got nothing for Amare in return when he left for NY. Great ownership out there in Phoenix….

    • rickydo22 - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      The people who gave chadlinkc30 thumbs up just dont know the truth.The trade was J.J. and Z for Amare,and Steve Kerr,the GM at the time turned it dowm!

    • chief0727 - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Chadinkc—Get your facts straight. As has since been reported by several sources—The Cavs did offer to include JJ–Steve Kerr turned it down. Why let the facts get in the way of comments though right ?

  2. vstyle23 - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Hicks on for Big Baby straight up!

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Whoever still believes the cavs turned tht trade down has f’in down syndrome or was beaten too much as a child. Phx turned it down so we had to settle for jamison. Great team player but not what he once was for washington. But get it through ur skull phx said no deal not cleveland

  4. clefanatic025 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    prime example of how that person made other players better

    • thelmt82 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      The explain how JJ had his best season the year after “that person” left.

  5. gcbball3 - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    There are plenty of teams out there who need low post help and on the right squad hickson could bring you 12 and 6 off the bench. Teams like the clerics, spurs, thunder, knicks, and maybe even cavs need front court help for their playoff pushes. And he could probably be moved for a 2nd round pick or a 12th man off someone’s bench.

  6. thelmt82 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Should have known this guy would be a dud this season after the reports of him getting booted from his team in Isreal (I believe). In the end, the Cavs may only end up receiving a 2nd rounder in 2017 but hey, it still looks better than him looking like a deer caught in headlights all the time. A waste of potential. But, knowing how stupid some crazy GMs are, he may still get a deal that totals $20M in, see Jerome James, Amir Johnson, and other big men.

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