- On Hickson: "It was a chance to acquire a young player that's already proven himself to a pretty decent level in the league and strengthening our roster. There's still a lot of upside there. Some of the players that were just taken in the draft a week ago aren't a whole lot younger than J.J. and he's had three years in the league and been more productive each year. It really falls, I think, mostly under the category of just improving the quality of your roster overall."
- On the nexus of this trade: "We were having conversations with Cleveland prior to the draft and even somewhat during the draft and it just didn't seem to work. But they continued on here. In order to accomplish this trade today, both teams had to waive physicals and reporting in order to get it complete today."
- On the financial implications: "The other thing about this trade - it does not, again, significantly impact our salary cap room going forward at all. So when we get to free agency, we'll still be basically in the same position. We have to go and make other additions to the roster."
- On Casspi: "Omri has had some pretty good stretches himself as a player and we wanted to make sure we could get fair value for him if we ever did move him."
Apparently, Jimmer Fredette is not afraid to answer any question thrown at him. The Kings' new point guard went on the Jim Rome Show today, just six days after being drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. I'm not so sure about the new moniker, "The Savior of Sacramento," but Jimmer took it in stride and actually ran with it. Remember this post about pressure? Yikes, it just got a little bit hotter.Jim Rome: You've already been glossed, "The Savior of Sacramento"... hey listen, there's been a lot expected of you for a very long time, the crown is big, but you've worn this thing pretty comfortably, but still, that's a big, big deal- the Savior of Sacramento. As you've mentioned, you've got some good young players on that team. When you hear that, is that something you're comfortable with? Jimmer Fredette: You know, I guess so, a little bit. I feel like, hopefully, I can help this team, you know, win more games. I think that if we are successful on the floor, and continue to progress as a team, the fans and everybody will be excited about us. Everybody's real excited just because I was a big name in the college game and one of the more highly touted people going into this draft. So they (Sacramento fans) are really excited and I think I can bring a good game to their table and hopefully, like I said, win more ball games. And if we do that, I think the city will get behind us and we can get it back to the Kings of the old days. Jim Rome: Jimmer, you were a big name in the college game, as you pointed out. Do you expect to be a big name, a huge name in the NBA? Jimmer Fredette: You know, I hope so. I hope I can be. I really believe that I have the skill set to be a great player in this league and I think I can be a starting point guard and go out and play well and have a great career. So, I'm looking forward to being able to do that. I'll work as hard as I can and ease my way into it and continue to get experience and continue to grow as a player in this league. But I believe I can be. I'm not questioning Jimmer or his motivation, I'm just not so sure I want him turning up the heat before he's played in his first game. I can't wait to see how this new nickname looks on a t-shirt. Listen to the clip after the jump. ... More