July 1, 2011

Kings trade Casspi for Hickson

After drafting Tyler Honeycutt and re-acquiring John Salmons, it was only a matter of time until the Sacramento Kings cleared the logjam at small forward and it was done just before the lockout.
The Kings traded fan-favorite Omri Casspi and a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for power forward J.J. Hickson.
Hickson, a 6-foot-9-inch, 242 pound player who averaged 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Cavs. After a slow start to the season, the 22-year-old turned into a double-double machine at the turn of the new year averaging 16.1 points from January to the end of the season.
The Cavs drafted Tristian Thomas with the No.4 pick, making Hickson expendable with their logjam at power forward. A player that says he gives everything he has, Hickson is ready for a fresh start.
“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting out and playing some basketball,” Hickson said in a conference call. “I think we have a lot of good pieces on this team. We’re young, athletic and it’s going to be fun to see how it plays out this year.”

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