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The Kings & Cavaliers make a deal.


The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded power forward J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for swingman Omri Casspi and Sacramento’s protected first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
The teams apparently sought to complete the deal Thursday before midnight to ensure its completion, with a lockout widely expected at 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, barring unforeseen progress in labor talks between the league and the NBA Players Association.
The Cavaliers have been shopping Hickson for some time and have decided to part with the young power forward in exchange for Casspi, who has been coveted for his combination of defense, energy and underrated perimeter shooting by numerous teams after two solid seasons with the Kings.

The Kings & Cavaliers make a deal.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded power forward J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for swingman Omri Casspi and Sacramento’s protected first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

The teams apparently sought to complete the deal Thursday before midnight to ensure its completion, with a lockout widely expected at 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, barring unforeseen progress in labor talks between the league and the NBA Players Association.

The Cavaliers have been shopping Hickson for some time and have decided to part with the young power forward in exchange for Casspi, who has been coveted for his combination of defense, energy and underrated perimeter shooting by numerous teams after two solid seasons with the Kings.

NBA OFF-SEASON PREVIEW: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
Things ain’t so bad in Cleveland.  Right?  Here’s my argument:
Sure, whatshisname left, but look at the bright side -  You have a young team, a new coach, an owner who believes in the franchise (to say the least), some new (old Minnesota Gophers) jerseys, and you got rid of all of those annoying bandwagon fans.  There’ll be only true Cavs supporters at the Q this season.  Plus, this summer was so rotten, basketball fans all over the country are now actively pulling for your team.  It’ll be low expectations.  All positivity.  Plus, there’s NO WAY the Cavs are a disappointment  this season.  That’s a good environment to incubate a team. 
I think J.J. Hickson makes The Leap this year.  Nice footwork around the basket.  Finishes well.  His stats per 36 minutes?  14.7 pts, 8.5 rebs.  Kevin Garnett’s 2010 averages?  14.3 pts., 7.3 rebs.  J.J.’s 22, plays hard, runs the floor well, and has an outside shot at being a better Jeff Green this season.  I know Coach Scott is not thrilled with Hickson’s play right now, but that’s because Byron loves him so much, right?  That’s the excuse my parents gave me when I was 6 and spilled the OJ in the fridge…IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, MOM!!!*
Playing well on a crappy team isn’t easy.  Losing can get you down.  Rob you of your will.  Good thing Cleveland has three guys who don’t just have experience playing under these circumstances, but excel in them.  Mo Williams, 27 and Ramon Sessions, 23, have very similar backgrounds.  Each had a breakout year for maligned Bucks team, and each played themselves into a sliver of limelight, and a new contract.  Neither has true point guard skills, but each has the ability to play the 1 or the 2.  They’re shifty.  Nice perimeter games.  Why can’t these two be the Lite Beer versions of Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley?

(photo by @DocFunk)
And we can’t forget Antawn Jamison.  This guy plays his best when absolutely nothing is on the line.  He’s the Duke of Performing on Crappy Teams (there are only a couple of ranks higher than that - Prince, King, War Chief).  His best season was ‘00-‘01, when he hung 24.9 pts., 8.7 rebs., 2 asts., and 1.5 stls per game for a team that went 17-65.  He averaged 22 and 8 over two more campaigns, ‘02-‘03 & ‘08-‘09, and those teams finished a combined 57-106. 
Guys, we’re talking Crap Squad Hall of Fame here.  And I’m only slightly kidding.  This guy knows how to stay engaged.  Losing doesn’t faze him at all.
Plus, there’s Anderson Varejao.  You’re not allowed to like Joakim Noah and hate Andy V.  It’s a League rule.  Anthony Parker is in a contract year.  He’ll play super hard because nobody wants to go back to Israel to ball.  He and Jamario Moon are wings built to run, and that’s exactly what Byron Scott will have them do.Scott is as good as they come with reclamation projects.  He took the Nets to The Finals in his second and third year in NJ, plus coached the Hornets to a 56 win season, and first place in the Southwest Division.  All 3 teams ran the ball.BONUS: Shaq’s gone.  You saw what that does for team chemistry in Phoenix last year.  Let’s recap.  Cleveland has two young, versatile guards who know how to shine on bad teams, a veritable Garbage Time All-Star, Varejao’s hair, Anthony Parker’s fear of Israel, a Shaq-shaped hole in the locker room, and a new coach with a winning pedigree, ready to run. 
On top of all that, there’s a stink in Cleveland right now that no one wants to sit through.  It’s the stink of LeBron James farting on the city.  If this Cavs team has heart, and that’s the leap I’m making this season, then the Cavaliers will play good, hard-nosed, honest, spit-on-your-hands basketball to rid the city of said stink, making Northeast Ohioans proud.

Prediction?  I think the Cavs will be better than the Raptors, 76ers and Pistons.  They can be just as good as the Nets, Wizards, Pacers, and but a mere click behind the Bobcats, Bucks, Knicks and Hawks, which means…I think they have a shot at the 8-seed in the Eastern Conference.  I really do.Wouldn’t you like to see LeBron and the Heat play at least two Playoff games in Cleveland next Spring?  That’s reason enough to believe in the Cavs.I think I just convinced somebody things ain’t so bad in Cleveland.  Is it you?
(Got ‘Em Coach)
*Exclamation points used with the expressed, written consent of the Exclamation Point Master himself, LeBron James.

NBA OFF-SEASON PREVIEW: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Things ain’t so bad in Cleveland.  Right?  Here’s my argument:

Sure, whatshisname left, but look at the bright side -  You have a young team, a new coach, an owner who believes in the franchise (to say the least), some new (old Minnesota Gophers) jerseys, and you got rid of all of those annoying bandwagon fans.  There’ll be only true Cavs supporters at the Q this season.  Plus, this summer was so rotten, basketball fans all over the country are now actively pulling for your team.  It’ll be low expectations.  All positivity.  Plus, there’s NO WAY the Cavs are a disappointment  this season.  That’s a good environment to incubate a team. 

I think J.J. Hickson makes The Leap this year.  Nice footwork around the basket.  Finishes well.  His stats per 36 minutes?  14.7 pts, 8.5 rebs.  Kevin Garnett’s 2010 averages?  14.3 pts., 7.3 rebs.  J.J.’s 22, plays hard, runs the floor well, and has an outside shot at being a better Jeff Green this season.  I know Coach Scott is not thrilled with Hickson’s play right now, but that’s because Byron loves him so much, right?  That’s the excuse my parents gave me when I was 6 and spilled the OJ in the fridge…IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, MOM!!!*

Playing well on a crappy team isn’t easy.  Losing can get you down.  Rob you of your will.  Good thing Cleveland has three guys who don’t just have experience playing under these circumstances, but excel in them.  Mo Williams, 27 and Ramon Sessions, 23, have very similar backgrounds.  Each had a breakout year for maligned Bucks team, and each played themselves into a sliver of limelight, and a new contract.  Neither has true point guard skills, but each has the ability to play the 1 or the 2.  They’re shifty.  Nice perimeter games.  Why can’t these two be the Lite Beer versions of Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley?

(photo by @DocFunk)

And we can’t forget Antawn Jamison.  This guy plays his best when absolutely nothing is on the line.  He’s the Duke of Performing on Crappy Teams (there are only a couple of ranks higher than that - Prince, King, War Chief).  His best season was ‘00-‘01, when he hung 24.9 pts., 8.7 rebs., 2 asts., and 1.5 stls per game for a team that went 17-65.  He averaged 22 and 8 over two more campaigns, ‘02-‘03 & ‘08-‘09, and those teams finished a combined 57-106. 

Guys, we’re talking Crap Squad Hall of Fame here.  And I’m only slightly kidding.  This guy knows how to stay engaged.  Losing doesn’t faze him at all.

Plus, there’s Anderson Varejao.  You’re not allowed to like Joakim Noah and hate Andy V.  It’s a League rule.  Anthony Parker is in a contract year.  He’ll play super hard because nobody wants to go back to Israel to ball.  He and Jamario Moon are wings built to run, and that’s exactly what Byron Scott will have them do.

Scott is as good as they come with reclamation projects.  He took the Nets to The Finals in his second and third year in NJ, plus coached the Hornets to a 56 win season, and first place in the Southwest Division.  All 3 teams ran the ball.

BONUS: Shaq’s gone.  You saw what that does for team chemistry in Phoenix last year. 

Let’s recap.  Cleveland has two young, versatile guards who know how to shine on bad teams, a veritable Garbage Time All-Star, Varejao’s hair, Anthony Parker’s fear of Israel, a Shaq-shaped hole in the locker room, and a new coach with a winning pedigree, ready to run. 

On top of all that, there’s a stink in Cleveland right now that no one wants to sit through.  It’s the stink of LeBron James farting on the city.  If this Cavs team has heart, and that’s the leap I’m making this season, then the Cavaliers will play good, hard-nosed, honest, spit-on-your-hands basketball to rid the city of said stink, making Northeast Ohioans proud.

Prediction?  I think the Cavs will be better than the Raptors, 76ers and Pistons.  They can be just as good as the Nets, Wizards, Pacers, and but a mere click behind the Bobcats, Bucks, Knicks and Hawks, which means…I think they have a shot at the 8-seed in the Eastern Conference.  I really do.

Wouldn’t you like to see LeBron and the Heat play at least two Playoff games in Cleveland next Spring?  That’s reason enough to believe in the Cavs.

I think I just convinced somebody things ain’t so bad in Cleveland.  Is it you?

(Got ‘Em Coach)

*Exclamation points used with the expressed, written consent of the Exclamation Point Master himself, LeBron James.

The LA Clippers are getting somewhat of a fresh start this year. New head coach, new GM, new star player (pleasedontgethurtpleasedontgethurtpleasedontgethurt) and new jerseys. (via @LAClippers Twitter feed) 

Word is that the Cavs and T-wolves will unveil their new unis tomorrow. Stay tuned. 

@Suga_Shane

The LA Clippers are getting somewhat of a fresh start this year. New head coach, new GM, new star player (pleasedontgethurtpleasedontgethurtpleasedontgethurt) and new jerseys. (via @LAClippers Twitter feed)

Word is that the Cavs and T-wolves will unveil their new unis tomorrow. Stay tuned.

@Suga_Shane

13 points (50% shooting), 4 rebounds, 19 assists, 2 steals. When Rajon Rondo blows up, it’s tough to stop the Celtics.
(An inexplicable 7-8 shooting effort from Rasheed Wallace doesn’t hurt either. A shame you can’t ever bank on that). 

13 points (50% shooting), 4 rebounds, 19 assists, 2 steals. When Rajon Rondo blows up, it’s tough to stop the Celtics.

(An inexplicable 7-8 shooting effort from Rasheed Wallace doesn’t hurt either. A shame you can’t ever bank on that). 

Jamario Moon is either celebrating a successful three-point shot or he’s crushing Tracy McGrady’s head.
(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jamario Moon is either celebrating a successful three-point shot or he’s crushing Tracy McGrady’s head.

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bill Walker draws a charge against Leon Powe, a dangerous play since these two guys have about half a knee’s worth of cartilage left, combined. This game is enough of a blowout already, fellas - let’s not blow out any knees along the way.
(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bill Walker draws a charge against Leon Powe, a dangerous play since these two guys have about half a knee’s worth of cartilage left, combined. This game is enough of a blowout already, fellas - let’s not blow out any knees along the way.

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Shaq sprained his thumb and missed all of the second half against Boston.  Did the team miss him?
Score, pre-injury: Boston 42, Cleveland 31
Score, post-injury: Cleveland 77, Boston 46
Trading Big Z was the big story, but perhaps the most significant thing Cleveland did at the deadline was hold on to J.J. “Plus-27 in 27 Minutes” Hickson.
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Shaq sprained his thumb and missed all of the second half against Boston.  Did the team miss him?

Score, pre-injury: Boston 42, Cleveland 31

Score, post-injury: Cleveland 77, Boston 46

Trading Big Z was the big story, but perhaps the most significant thing Cleveland did at the deadline was hold on to J.J. “Plus-27 in 27 Minutes” Hickson.

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Marquis Daniels is so exhausted from checking LeBron, he can barely keep his eyes open.
(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Marquis Daniels is so exhausted from checking LeBron, he can barely keep his eyes open.

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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