DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 16: Forward Omri Casspi #18 of the Sacramento Kings makes the slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on February 16 2011 in Dallas Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The writing was on the wall during the NBA Draft when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson with the #4 overall pick - J.J. Hickson's days in Cleveland were numbered. With a Lockout pending tonight at midnight, those days may be about to come to an end.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein tweeted the news first, while Sports Illustrated scribe (and former Kings beat writer) Sam Amick added more information, saying, "Omri Casspi was told by Kings management that he is likely to be traded to Cleveland for JJ Hickson in the next couple of hours."
Hickson, 22, is a three-year veteran with career averages of 9.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 49.5 percent shooting. He's coming off a campaign in which he posted career-highs in scoring, rebounding, and assists, as well as a career-low in shooting percentage. The Cavaliers' selection of power forward Tristan Thompson in the 2011 NBA Draft indicates they believe he has a brighter future than Hickson.
With Christian Eyenga the only small forward on the team, Casspi will get an opportunity to play and perhaps even start for the Cavaliers - if there is a season, that is.