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J.J. Hickson Traded From Cavaliers To Kings For Omri Casspi, Sacramento Confirms

The Cavaliers and Kings have made a trade just before the lockout, with Sacramento sending Omri Casspi and a future first-round pick to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson.

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J.J. Hickson Trade From Cavaliers For Omri Casspi Now Official, Say Kings

The reported trade between the Cavaliers and the Kings that will send J.J. Hickson to Sacramento for Omri Casspi and a first round pick is now official. The Kings confirmed the deal in a press release that quoted Kings general manager Geoff Petrie.

"We’re very excited about the opportunity to acquire J.J. Hickson from the Cavaliers," said Petrie. "We believe he’ll continue to fortify our frontline going forward. He’s an improving young player who is just 22 years old. We believe J.J. will be an important complement to our frontcourt and overall roster as well. We also wish Omri the best and hope he continues on to have a successful career with the Cavaliers."

The first round pick Cleveland receives in the deal comes with some protections. NBA Confidential's Sam Amick reports that the pick is lottery-protected in 2012, top 10-protected in 2013, and has fewer protections as time goes on.

For more on the deal, Kings fans should visit Sactown Royalty and SB Nation Bay Area, while Cavaliers fans should visit Fear the Sword and SB Nation Cleveland.

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J.J. Hickson Traded From Cavaliers To Kings For Omri Casspi, According To Report

The NBA lockout is scheduled to begin Thursday night, but the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly snuck in one more trade before that happens. Cleveland will send power forward J.J. Hickson to Sacramento in a swap for small forward Omri Casspi, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Jason Lloyd of the Akron-Beach Journal suggests the deal is indeed happening and reports that Cleveland will also receive a future first-round pick.

The trade can be made official before the lockout because it involves a straight one-for-one swap with two players not on expiring contracts. Hickson was the No. 19 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, while Casspi was selected 23rd in 2009. Both had their rookie-contract options for next year picked up already.

The Kings will get another big man to team with DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson inside. They had just acquired John Salmons in a trade to play small forward, making Casspi superfluous. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have a hole at small forward and could be looking to clear some minutes for 2011 first-round draft pick Tristan Thompson.

For more on the deal, Kings fans should visit Sactown Royalty and SB Nation Bay Area, while Cavaliers fans should visit Fear the Sword and SB Nation Cleveland.

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