Sacramento Kings Trade Omri Casspi To Cavs For JJ Hickson

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?

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  • Scott Levin

    Love this deal. Love getting big men like Hickson with so much potential. Omri was great to have, but he was unhappy and this gives him a better opportunity.

  • JordanP13

    To be honest I didn’t really care much about Casspi anymore. Last season we did not use him well at all and if that were to continue he would eventually have little to no trade value. I think Hickson is a great young pick up with good potential, especially if someday we can get Cousins to play a good portion of his time at Center with positive results. The downside to this trade is a significant one in my mind: The first round pick. Next years draft is projecting to be a strong one, which showcases some impessive bigs. We could use this pick. I like to be optimistic, but when you look at things from a neutral prospective, this pick figures to be a lottery and not unlikely a top ten. Lets hope Hickson puts it together and doesn’t make us regret this trade come draft night next year.

  • JordanP13

    Sorry, just read the part about the pick being lottery protected. No longer on the fence, love the trade.

  • Bryan R

    Stein came out with the full protections a while ago:

    The first round pick acquired from Sacramento is lottery-protected in 2012 (1-14). The pick is then protected in 2013 (1-13), 2014 (1-12) and 2015-2017 (1-10). If the pick is not conveyed by 2017, then Sacramento will convey its own 2017 second round draft pick to the Cavaliers protected (56-60).

    Essentially, if the Kings ever “miss” that pick, they’re going to have bigger issues than losing a draft pick. lol

  • JordanP13

    I like the sounds of that.