According to Jason Lloyd, the Cavaliers and Kings had discussions about a deal that would have removed the restrictions surrounding Sacramento’s first round pick owed to the Cavaliers in the Hickson/Casspi deal-
“#Cavs made offer to Sac to remove pick protections from Hickson/Casspi trade, league source said. Deal died with Sac/Hou trade last night” -Jason Lloyd
Those restrictions are as follows-
2013 first round draft pick from Sacramento: Sacramento’s own 2013 first round draft pick to Cleveland (top-13 protected in 2013, top-12 protected in 2014, top-10 protected in 2015, top-10 protected in 2016 and top-10 protected in the 2017 Draft) If Cleveland has not received a first round pick from Sacramento by 2017, then Sacramento shall convey their own 2017 2nd round draft pick to Cleveland provided it is within the top-55 picks. If it is not, then Sacramento’s obligation to Cleveland shall be extinguished. (Cleveland-Sacramento, 6/30/2011)
The deal Lloyd is referring to sent Thomas Robinson to the Rockets and saved the Kings over $3 million dollars in payroll this season.
No details regarding the proposed deal between Cleveland and Sacramento were given, but it is assumed that the Cavs would have taken on salary in exchange for the protections being removed. Sacramento owns the league’s 6th worst record. The Cavaliers currently have the 4th worst record.