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.
According to SBN-Cleveland, via various outlets, the Cavaliers are about to make a deal with the Sacramento Kings, sending Hickson out west for SF Omri Casspi.
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.