HoopsHype JJ Hickson rumors

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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

February 21, 2013 Updates

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

February 20, 2013 Updates

A spokesman for the Blazers said Wednesday that Hickson's tweets were treated as an internal matter that has been addressed. The team has a Twitter policy which it reviews with the players. Hickson is not the first person to say something considered objectionable on Twitter. But as a member of the Trail Blazers, he represents the team and the NBA. His Twitter profile says he plays for the Blazers. "I think I represent the Trail Blazers great. When I tweet, I tweet outside basketball. Like I said, it's my personal things I do and like I said, it's an opinion," he said. "I can do something good and a million people think it's something good and one person thinks it's wrong." Oregonian

When I told him it didn’t seem to make sense for him to accept a trade (because he would lose his Bird rights) and I didn’t see a scenario in which a trade would happen, Hickson flashed his big pearly whites and nodded in approval. “There you go then — you just said it,” he said, laughing. “You just answered all your questions.” Oregonian

So as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline nears, as Hickson’s name continues to surface as part of trade speculation, he’s not the least bit concerned. “I’m not going to get all hysterical about it being the trade deadline,” Hickson said. “I’ve been traded before. I’ve been waived before. This is nothing new to me.” Oregonian

Well, not quite. What would it take for Hickson to forfeit his Bird rights and approve a trade? “It’s not a point of what it would take,” Hickson said. “I’m still a Trail Blazer right now and that’s what I have to worry about. I’m committed to Portland and this basketball team. I’m not worried about approving a trade until that comes up. If it doesn’t come up, then obviously Portland’s not willing to trade me and that’s a good thing for me. But if it does, I’ll deal with it when I cross that path.” Oregonian

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