82 results for tag: J.J. Hickson

Say goodbye to these Sacramento Kings games

The posturing and the politicking continue in labor negotiations between the NBA and Players Union.  Both sides met twice before David Stern's imposed game-cancellation deadline today.  But no agreement according to reporters on the scene. Stern says no chance of an 82 game season. No more meetings scheduled at the ... More

Marcus Thornton discredits Maccabi rumor, dissects Kings pre-lockout deals

I caught up with Marcus Thornton for SLAM today.  He says he has no idea where the report of him declining a lucrative Maccabi Tel Aviv offer came from.  But he is considering overseas options and has received some offers in China and Spain.  Thornton and his agent continue to watch what progress is or isn't made in lockout ... More

News aplenty: Vegas League attendance dwindles, lockout reigns and arena plan moves forward

Lots of news on the lockout and arena fronts from the past two days... Las Vegas fall league opens Despite the hype from Phoenix Suns swingman Jared Dudley, the crowds so far haven't shown up for the Impact Competitive Training Series.  Here's an image from yesterday before game 1 at the Impact Training Facility (via Ben ... More

Updated Las Vegas league competitors list includes Isaiah Thomas

Looks like two of the newest Kings, J.J. Hickson and Isaiah Thomas will start building chemistry together in Las Vegas.  Here's an updated list of players participating in the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series. Chauncey Billups Al Harrington Kyle Lowry Dahntay Jones James Anderson Marreese Speights M... More

J.J. Hickson only King expected to play in Vegas “Competitive Training Series”

Updated 2:00 pm with some new info from ProBasketball Talk. According to both Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld and Phoenix Suns swingman Jared Dudley, via a report from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, J.J. Hickson appears to be the only King participating in Impact Basketball's two-week long "Competitive Training Series". ... More

ESPN 5-on-5: Previewing the Sacramento Kings

The ESPN 5-on-5 roundtable has been rolling out individual team previews lately and today it was Kings turn to hit the circuit.  Here is a snippet. 4. Fact or Fiction: Sacramento's pre-lockout trades were smart moves. Joe Gerrity, Hornets 24/7: Fiction. Acquiring Hickson for Casspi was a positive move, but the rest of ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: J.J. Hickson

So many youtube videos, so much time to watch them.  After adding John Salmons via trade and Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas through the draft, the Sacramento Kings consummated one last transaction before the lockout began on July 1st.  In what might be the NBA's last transaction for a long time, the Kings dealt popular small forward Omri Casspi, along with a future first round pick, for Cleveland Cavalier power forward J.J. Hickson.  The move balanced the roster and added athleticism to the front court. There is no shortage of exciting youtube videos of J.J. Hickson.  Highlight reel plays are J.J's specialty, but if Hickson wants to earn a big extension next summer, he's going to have to prove that he can be more than just a youtube sensation.  Mental lapses on defense limited Hickson to just 28.2 minutes per game on one of the NBA's worst teams last season.  While he did average 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in those 28 minutes, you can't help but wonder if those numbers are inflated by a lack of talent around him - the old "best player on a bad team" theory.  With the Kings, he will be asked to do much less than what the Cavs needed from him last season, so hopefully less means more. More after the jump... ... More

Projecting DeMarcus Cousins’ Sophomore Season

We shared with you earlier today Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus' statistical projection of Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette.  Now we take a look at his outlook of DeMarcus Cousins for ESPN.com.  Again his method, a different one this time, explained in his own words:
This time, the projections are generated by Basketball Prospectus' SCHOENE Projection System, which uses players' stats to match them with similar talents at the same age, then uses the development of those peers to generate a projection.
Pelton's projection of Cousins after the jump... ... More

Petrie and Westphal on the J.J. Hickson/Omri Casspi trade

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The Sacramento Kings called a press conference early today to announce the acquisition of J.J Hickson from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Omri Casspi and a future first round pick.  Here are the highlights of that news conference: Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations:
  • 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."
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Audio: J.J. Hickson Conference Call

New Kings power forward J.J. Hickson spoke with media today following his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Highlights Hickson was on his way to his gym when he received a phone call from his agent informing him of the trade. Like many NBA players, Hickson is training in Las Vegas and plans on staying there until the ... More