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

Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 2:21 pm
Posted by Matt Moore j-j-hickson

Update 2:14 p.m.: The Kings and Cavs have both announced the deal

Multiple reports surfaced Thursday of a deal being finalized by the Cleveland Cavaliers to send J.J. Hickson to Sacramento for forward Omri Casspi and a conditional first-round pick. 

Both ESPN and Yahoo! are reporting the deal, with ESPN slightly quicker with the news. The Sacramento Bee also confirms the setup of the deal involving the pick, which will allow the Kings to keep the 2012 pick unless they make the playoffs. 

Winner: Cavs. The Cavaliers traded an asset who had never jelled with Byron Scott and hadn't lived up to expectations for a versatile forward on the cheap and a conditional first-rounder. That's a nice haul for Hickson. The Cavs drafted Tristan Thompson who can't play the five but will work well at the four. He'll play next to Anderson Varejao and bring the athleticism Hickson was on board for. Getting the first-rounder is gravy, even if it's unlikely to develop unless the Kings make huge strides. 

Loser: We'll technically say the Kings, only for surrendering the conditional first-rounder. Casspi was caught in a logjam after the acquisition of John Salmons, which just makes the Salmons trade look worse (they could have gotten Jimmer Fredette all the same at their original seven spot). It's not a terrible trade, as they can use Hickson's size and athleticism off the bench, but he and DeMarcus Cousins along with Donte Green makes for a pretty tricky bulge at the four spot. Not a big loss here, though, considering. Pretty good deal for both clubs.

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:10 pm

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

Sad to see JJ go will be an all star in the near future! Think he would have fit in well with some of the new young talent!

Since: Jul 15, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:38 am

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

If there is a season next year AND THATS A BIG IF Right now but Im pretty much locked into seeing the Cavaliers return to the Playoffs as a 7/8th seed in a crappy East as they slowly rise the todemn pole as a Eastern Confrence Contender by the 2014-2015 season they will be a Top 3 team in the East Guarenteed they have to work there way back up!

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:41 pm

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

Not as exciting or impressive as I would like, but it had to be done. JJ didnt want to stay on cleveland and the cavs weren't going to resign him, Casspi has some potential and allows the cavs to start a decent wing player. Lets just hope Tristan develops and that the Kings get to the playoffs in the next 6yrs..... Go Cavs

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:54 pm

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

yeah, it's so exciting YOU took the time to post about it.

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:55 am

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

The word is that Phoenix wouldn't pull the trigger on the JJ - STAT trade.   It wasn't that Cleveland wouldn't do it.  

Common misperception. 

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:37 am


It would be a good deal for the Cavs, if they were getting a lottery pick.

They are not. Not only are they not getting next year's lottery pick, they will never get a lottery pick in this trade. Any year that the pick would be a lottery pick, it is protected.

That makes this trade less than a good deal. By definition, that makes this a bad deal. The only way this become decent is if this Cassipi kid surprises and becomes an amazing scorer. I just don't see that in his potential.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:24 am

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

good deal for the Cavs..probably Cavs're willing to give Hickson for a 1st rounder(and Sacramento 1st round is a good one!!!!always lottery!)..but they get also a very good young player in Casspi!..
last season Kings made a very smart deal with Thornton...this year it seems they are losing focus

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:14 am

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

I am with you on this. I think it will allow the Kings to trade Thompson for another piece. He is an inexpensive athletic and tall C/PF who would work well with the right style of play. He is no longer needed in the Kings lineup and should be happy to move someplace where he can get decent minutes.
Now is there a team out there with some room who might like to acquire an inexpensive athletic and tall C/PF? Well Knicks, Hawks, Heat, Rockets, Warriors and Pacers (possibly Nuggets if Nene runs) spring to mind. I think this move makes the options for the Kings much stronger and I think this is a far better trade that will allow for a more significant deal to be done in the near future, than the Salmons deal.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:11 am

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

Wasn't Hickson the kid they would never part with for Amare Stoudemire a couple years back...yeah...great job Cleveland!

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:32 pm

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

Are you kidding me? Cleveland could've bought dirk, wade, kobe and duncan and lebron would have left all those players? Get real dude, that may be the most idiotic comment I have read.

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