The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guard/forward Omri Casspi and Sacramento’s first round pick (protected) in the 2012 NBA Draft from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward/center J.J. Hickson, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.

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).
If you recall, Hickson was the player the Cavs refused to part with for Amar'e prior to the trade deadline in 2010. If the Cavs had another star in Amar'e it's very doubtful LeBron would have left. So if you're keeping score: No LeBron and Amar'e, but the Cavs do now have Omri Casspi.

JR 6/30/2011 04:36:00 PM Edit
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  1. Beantown says:

    I have always disliked that team since they got Lebron because of the way their fans felt so entitled because they had the "king"...so much for that. I don't think he would've stayed anyways even if they did bring Amare, which would've meant Amare would still have left the cavs for a 100 million dollar contract.

  2. tb727 says:

    Or Omar Casspi, as Charles Barkley calls him.

  3. CM21 says:

    i still dont see how this is celtics relevant news?

  4. Jenda says:

    Yeah, I guess Sacramento helped themselves to a solid player for Casspi. This may be bigger trade than it seems at first. Not that addition of Hickson makes SAC any dangerous now but I think it will help them now and even more into the future.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lebron travelled on this play though, I don't know why.

  6. The Kings collectively have a lot of young talent... and adding Hickson should help them, especially since they will probably lose Dalembert this offseason. I don't see Casspi being a great fit in Cleveland, but I guess anything could happen with the way their team is essentially starting from scratch in the "Post-LeBron Era"

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