HoopsHype JJ Hickson rumors

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Hickson, who averaged 10.4 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Trail Blazers last season, says Portland is a special city to him and always will be. He just elaborated on why he's irked with comments the general manager made about him. And in the process, he took a jab at his replacement. “It just rubbed me the wrong way some of the comments that were made by [Trail Blazers general manager] Neil Olshey,” Hickson explained to CSNNW.com. “I heard something to the extent of, ‘For the Blazers to be better, we can’t bring JJ back.’ That was one of the ones that really caught my attention. I was like, ‘wait, what?’ And they go out there and get a new center [Robin Lopez] and he has only three rebounds.” CSNNW.com

To be accurate, Lopez had two rebounds in that season-opening 104-91 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. But you get Hickson’s drift. "He can say whatever he wants to say," Lopez responded. "I'm a true center." CSNNW.com

In all fairness, Portland did Hickson a huge favor in the summer of 2012. According to a source briefed on the situation, says the Trail Blazers giving Hickson that one-year, $4 million qualifying offer was substantially more than what other teams were willing to pay to a player who had just come off of a inconsistent 2011-12 season between his time in Sacramento and Portland. The platform of having a starting job, albeit at center, with starter minutes, helped him immensely in securing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Nuggets. There were not many or any opportunities for him to start at other places prior to the 2012-13 season. CSNNW.com

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Damian Lillard: We have a lot of good pieces. With me, Wes, Nic, LA and Meyers right now, and maybe JJ, I’m not sure, we have a lot of good pieces. But I think we could get another young athletic wing that can come in and score. I even think another big guy that can come and protect the paint, shot blocker, rebounder, athletic guy that can finish in the paint and dunk the ball. I think those are the type of guys that we could use next season. SLAM

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There are no hard feelings and no regrets, but it appears this will be the final week that J.J. Hickson and the Trail Blazers are together, with both sides acknowledging this week that the writing is on the wall. The Blazers, who have given up the most interior points in the NBA, want to find a more defensive-oriented center next season, while Hickson - a power forward who bit his tongue and played as an undersized center for the Blazers - wants to start, and is eager to test his market value when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Oregonian

Andy Miller, who represents Hickson, said Olshey hasn’t flat-out told him Hickson is not in the Blazers’ plans, but Miller said he is under the impression that the Blazers will move in a different direction than Hickson. “I think Neil has been fairly candid to me as far as where they stand,’’ Miller said. “I don’t feel confident about the situation. Earlier in the season there may have been mood swings and perspective swings where I felt the tide swinging, to where I felt that this would be more than a rental for both sides. But lately, I haven’t felt that way at all. He definitely hasn’t misled me.’’ Oregonian

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Brooklyn or bust! ‘ That’s what J.J. Hickson was telling the Portland Trail Blazers today in the hours leading up to the NBA trade deadline, league sources told SheridanHoops.com. Hickson made it known that he would only waive his trade veto if he was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets, but a trade between the teams [ SheridanHoops

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