And what was once a plethora of small forwards is no longer.
Hours before the NBA lockout was to embark, the Kings and Cavs agreed to exchange their pair of somewhat disgruntled forwards, the Kings sending Omri Casspi and a conditional first round pick to the Cavs in exchange for power forward J.J. Hickson.
Sam Amick reports that the draft pick is lottery protected next year, then goes down to top-10 protected in 2013
Hickson, 23, struggled at times to replace the void left by Lebron James, but put up a very impressive 16.9/10.8 after the All-Star break last season in 31 minutes. J.J. is under contract for the upcoming season and is eligible for a qualifying offer in 2012-2013.
As much fan love Casspi commanded, it’s hard not to like this deal from a basketball standpoint. The Kings remove their logjam at the three – add more size, athleticism, rebounding and scoring ability. They do lose a needed three point threat, but given the positive gains, it’s well worth the risk.
How say you, King fans – like the move?