Kings trade Casspi to Cavs for Hickson

June 30, 2011, 6:08 pm
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June 30, 2011KINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEO staff

The Kings sent Omri Casspi to Cleveland on Thursday in exchange for J.J. Hickson, a move that bolsters Sacramento's frontcourt.

Were very excited about the opportunity to acquire J.J. Hickson from the Cavaliers, Kings GM Geoff Petrie said. We believe hell continue to fortify our frontline going forward. Hes 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.

Hickson averaged 13.8 points (.458 FGs, .673 FTs), 8.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 28.2 minutes per game in 80 games with the Cavaliers this past season.

Casspi averaged 8.6 points (.412 FGs, .372 3FGs, .673 FTs), 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game through 71 contests this past season with Sacramento.

Hickson is under contract for one more year on his rookie contract (2.3 million). Casspi has two more years at 3.5 million total. Cleveland selected him in the first round (19th overall pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft following his freshman season at North Carolina State where he earned ACC All-Freshman Team honors and was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.