J.J. Hickson knew after the Cavs drafted Tristan Thompson last week his time in Cleveland had ended. He just didn't know when he was leaving or where he was going. Those answers were filled in with Thursday's trade to the Sacramento Kings for small forward Omri Casspi and a future first-round pick.
"I'm not mad about it," Hickson said in a conference call with Sacramento writers. "Life goes on. I wish those guys the best of luck."
Hickson is working out in Las Vegas and said he will remain there for the rest of the summer. He averaged a double-double after the All-Star break primarily, he said, because he was sick of losing. The Kings are tired of losing, too. They battled the Cavs for the league's worst record most of the season and finished with the second-worst mark in the Western Conference.
"I was tired of losing," Hickson said. "It kind of hurt other players on our team, too. When I realized that, that's when I stepped my game up and you saw that in my play. I was laying in my bed one night and said, 'Someone on this team has to step up and I'm going to be the one.' And I did."
Hickson irritated Cavs fans when he tweeted LeBron James during the NBA Finals and told him "Go get you one bra!" in reference to a championship. That didn't sit well with Cavs fans on Twitter and likely irritated his boss in owner Dan Gilbert.
"We had a tough season and we weren't just missing LeBron," Hickson said. "We were missing a lot of key players that we had the year before. But it is kind of relieving to get a fresh, new start. I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting out there to play some good basketball. I feel like we got a lot good pieces to this team. It's going to be fun to see how it plays out this season."