John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer

Why JJ Hickson Is No Longer Untouchable

The league is changing faces. With the lockout nearing, there are some things that organizations will not be able to do as both sides continue to meet up to come to a general consensus about what players do or do not deserve. The Cleveland Cavaliers should thank their lucky stars that the lack of movement is coming to fruition because they need more than the regular amount of time allotted in the offseason.

The biggest reason is that Cleveland’s front office needed to come to the realization that Hickson is not the franchise’s savior. The Cavaliers have been holding onto this pipe dream for too long already. The direction needs to be rerouted and players who were once the standing figures of loyalty must be sent away with a good deal and a handshake.

JJ Hickson is one of those players.

I can understand why Dan Gilbert wanted to keep him on. At times when there appeared to be no hope whatsoever, Hickson had spurts of life this past season. However, none of those spurts led to true victory. Byron Scott spared no man when he spoke of the lack of heart the team was playing with night in and night out.

One would assume that after losing about ten games in a row, a light switch would flick on and the power would surge through the body. That time rarely ever came and even at the hands of Hickson’s occasional 20+ point games, Cleveland never really struck fear into anyone. They were just the living dead, for lack of a better phrase.

The team did enough to breathe but not enough to stay afloat.

Hickson’s ability to disappear during games probably had a small fraction to do with why the Cavaliers are looking to send him to the Sacramento Kings for small forward Omri Casspi.

The trade would work out on both ends. The Kings could get someone who would help Cousins with rebounding and step in from time to time to score. The Cavaliers would get a great scorer in Casspi, and the Israeli-born athlete would serve as more than just a back up.

In professional basketball, no one is safe. No man is untouchable. It is just a little awkward that Cleveland was not willing to toss Hickson out for a proven athlete like Amare Stoudemire, but willing to bet their bottom dollar on Casspi.

The league works in mysterious ways.

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