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.