Breaking News: Sacramento Kings Deal Casspi for Cleveland Cavaliers' Hickson

Blake Mehigan@blakeam11Correspondent IJune 30, 2011

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 25:  J.J. Hickson #21 of the of the Cleveland Cavaliers heads for the net as Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 25, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.   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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Announced earlier today, the Kings sent disgruntled wingman Omri Casspi to the Cavaliers for big man J.J. Hickson. 

This deal came before tomorrow's CBA deadline of 12:01 a.m. EST, and may be potentially the last trade we will see before the eminent lockout.

Along with Casspi, the Kings sent a protected draft pick. 

With any hope, this looks to be another solid move from Geoff Petrie. The Kings may have shored up their frontline if nothing else, playing Hickson opposite DeMarcus Cousins with John Salmons at the three. 

Tyreke Evans will also start next season, but depending on if the Kings are able to retain Marcus Thornton will determine who will play alongside Evans in the backcourt.

This would give the Kings more depth off their bench as well with Jimmer Fredette and Jason Thompson being the first options. This also most likely signals the end of the Samuel Dalembert era in Sac.

It makes me sad to see Sammy D go, but his minutes will go to players that will hopefully grow and develop on a burgeoning Kings team.

With Westphal entering the last year of his contract, we can only hope that the minimal improvements from players will spike this coming season. For his sake and my sanity, the Kings need to show some substantial improvement. The talent is there, and the Kings could be a fringe playoff team.

Either way, this could be the last move we will see from the Kings' brass for some months. A lockout is coming, and this could be a long and bitter winter.